HOW TO CREATE A STRONG NUTRITION FOUNDATION
It’s no secret — getting your kids to eat the right foods can be tough. But the first step to establishing your kids’ healthy eating is to understand it yourself.Kids who eat properly are more attentive in school, more physically fit, and have more energy than those who don’t. Making smart nutritional choices during childhood can reinforce lifelong eating habits and help kids grow up to their full potential. So it’s important to know where to start.
HEALTHY EATING FOR KIDS: THE BASICS
Good nutrition should include eating three meals and two nutritious snacks every day. Try to limit high-sugar and high-fat foods, and make sure your kids get the right amounts of fruits, veggies, lean meats, and dairy products every day. Check out The Five Food Groups for Kids for serving suggestions and ideas.
TOP 5 TIPS FOR ENCOURAGING KIDS’ HEALTHY EATING HABITS
The best way to help your kids build healthy habits is to encourage them to:
Eat a variety of foods
Balance the food they eat with physical activity
Choose a diet with plenty of grains, fruits, and veggies
Avoid foods with too much added sugar and foods high in salt
Avoid large amounts of fast food, caffeine, juice, and soda