- Stabilize their energy
- Sharpen thinking skills
- Even out their moods
- Keep them at a healthy body weight
- Help prevent mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression
medication to manage conditions like diabetes and hypertension. When kids
adopt healthy eating habits early on, it can also mitigate the chance of them
acquiring lifestyle-induced health conditions.
possible. Here are some tips to get you started:
Get your children involved in the kitchen
When all they see is the end result on a plate on a table, kids can feel
detached from their nutritional goals. Getting them involved in meal
nutritional requirements. You can also take a closer look at the nutrition labels
of their go-to snacks and discuss dietary values instead of villainizing food.
Gamify healthy eating
Keep an open conversation about nutrition
Children understand more than adults think. Even if they have difficulty
speaking or expressing themselves with words, communication science
professionals encourage parents to keep dialogues open anyway. And they
suggest you do it with patience and understanding. This is why it’s essential to
have open communication and discussions with them. Instead of just telling
them to eat healthy food, explain why you’re asking them to do this. Talk
about how it can benefit and harm them when they’re not meeting their
nutritional needs. Additionally, do prior research and be prepared to answer
questions about food and health.
Give them autonomy over their food choices
Many kids are discouraged when they feel like they’re being forced to eat. When they don’t have a say over their meals or food choices, eating can be a negative experience. It can be frustrating to negotiate this situation, but a general rule is not to force children. Saying “ take one more bite ” can make eating time tense.
Written by Analee Flynn for norani.com