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Nutrition Tips for Kids

Nutrition Tips for Kids

Nutrition Tips for Kids

Nutrition Tips for Kids

Good nutrition for your kids is based on the same nutritional guidelines that adults should follow. Everyone needs the same types of vitamins, minerals, carbs, protein and fat. Children just don’t need as much as adults of these things.

You should encourage your children to eat whole, nutrient dense foods. The same kinds of foods that we recommend for adults, such as: a good protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and some dairy. Your goal should be to teach them to avoid processed food as much as possible, including sodas and junk foods. The best way to do this is to model it. Be the healthy role model. Let them see you eating and enjoying whole foods, including fruits and vegetables. For more information about portion sizing for your child by age, click here.

Offer a variety of foods that have different flavors, textures and colors to increase the range of your child’s palate. Even if they say they don’t like it the first time, encourage them to try it on a couple of different occasions, it might just be that it’s something different and it makes them scared to try it. Up to 15 exposures may be necessary to get your child to taste a new food. Spitting out an unfamiliar food after tasting it IS normal. Serve the food again in a few days.

Eggs Breakfast Kids FoodEncourage your kids to take pride in their nutrition by allowing them to help prepare their meals. Not only that, show them where their foods comes from by planting or visiting a garden or farm. It’s your job to serve a variety of foods and it is up to your child to decide how much to eat at each meal. Focus on quality, not quantity of food. Don’t force your child to clean his or her plate, this can lead to an unhealthy association with food that will cause problems for them later. Bribing, threatening, kids to eat their broccoli or rewarding them with brownies DOES NOT help your child like healthy food and IS NOT beneficial in the long term.

Remember: eating meals together is not entirely about nutrition, it is also family time. Besides, children who feel comfortable and secure at a dinner table have better appetites and are more likely to try and enjoy new foods.



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