Health and Lifestyle
Healthy Eating Habits: A Necessity
Here are some suggestions which you can follow to promote healthy eating in your child.
As a parent, one often thinks of ways which can actually help inculcate healthy eating habits in children. Proper nutrition is important for the overall development of a child; thus, it’s needed that as a parent you act as a role model to your child. So that when kids grow up, they do realise the importance of healthy eating habits.
It’s also always important to make the foundation strong. So, how do we do it? After all, it isn’t an easy task to convince children to eat healthy, especially when there are so many temptations in the outside world. Yes! The task is tough, but it needs to be done! Here are some suggestions which you can follow to promote healthy eating in your child.
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Stress on the Importance of Healthy Eating: Don’t forget to tell your child the benefits of eating. Stress on the importance of every healthy meal you serve to your child. Make sure they know what they eat. When they know the difference between healthy and unhealthy food, they can be their own guides too. Protein-rich food, fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products should be included in your child’s diet plan in a balanced manner.
Kids Love what they Create: Involve your child in household procedures such as shopping for groceries, preparing a meal, laying the dinner table and cooking. Being involved will make them feel accomplished. Also, they’ll really love eating what they’ve supposedly cooked, without making any fuss. Try it out!
Take Care of your Child’s Needs while Cooking: We often neglect our child’s preferences while preparing meals. We tend to focus more on what adult members of the family want. This negligence is another reason a child seems to be not so interested in home-cooked food. Try and cook your child’s favourite meals at regular intervals with your healthy tadka to it. You’ll see the change!
Give into the Temptations Once in a While: It isn’t harmful to give into your child’s temptations once in a while. Set limits and don’t allow your child to eat anything unhealthy beyond a limit.
Go for Healthy Snacks: Snacks are the favourite of children. Stuff your house with healthy and tasty snacks. Go for snacks which can be made at home and aren’t processed.
Rewards: Rewards work with children. They go out of their way to do things just to get rewards. Rewards however should be motivating enough to help your child stick to a healthy diet plan.