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Make Your Child Eat Healthy Foods - Tips and Advices

Updated on September 10, 2012

How to Make Sure Your Children are Eating Nutritious Foods : Tips and Advices

Family eating together
Family eating together

How To make sure your children are eating nutritious foods

  • Being a parent is the most wonderful thing in the world, it is a "difficult full time job", full with responsibility but it is the most rewarding of all endeavors in life, wouldn't you agree? We are making sure that our children are eating nutritious food because this is essential to their overall growth and development.
  • Choosing nutritious food for them and making sure that they have a complete needed food nutrients is indeed the best thing that that we can do for them. Plus making sure that they grow up with the best care and lessons in life, as they are going to be a parent one day, the lessons they will learn from us will be their legacy to their children. Family is still the unit of institutions which caters to the very basic needs of children, that being said the overall health of our children is upon our shoulders.
  • As a mom, I can best give you some tips and advices about children's nutrition. I hope in the end you will also have a happy experience with your children making it sure that they can have the best nutrition in their diet.

Eating Healthy is A Family Affair

At the onset, the process of learning and making sure that your children have the nutrients they have in their food is not an easy task, but the task and behavior towards eating healthy food it is a habit forming behavior that is why it is good if you start the learning habit at a very young age.

How to Make Sure Your Children are Eating Nutritious Foods : Tips and Advices

Tip Number 1 -- In every step will enumerate here, it is nice if you enjoin your children in the activities from studying the nutrients and caloric content of foods to getting and buying them from the supermarket and then cooking the foods with your children. it is fun doing the process with your children.


Tip Number 2 ---Learn and study the nutrient and calories which we can get frorm foods with your children. Mother or the primary person responsible for the care of the children should learn about the calories and nutrients which are available at different food groups. Take time to learn it like the basic food groups and the necessary servings to make. You can get information from reputable Internet sites --- agencies and sites like the food administration sites, medical associations for children and national diet associations, usually they have lists of proper food and recommended daily needed nutrients. If you must buy a book which you can check from time to time in order to check the calories and the nutrients you can get form food combinations. You can read with them in the kitchen table the necessary food groups. There are also available books for children about food groups and invest in them. There is nothing like them knowing about it as it will be helpful to them as well when they grow up.


Tip Number 3 -- Enjoin your children when you go to supermarket and store, let them choose foods to eat, they will surely choose the more colorful ones, but guide them and tell them that vegetables and fruits, plus chosen low fat dairies are good. Let then join you when you go and choose the foods you buy and also tell them the valued nutrients and why you are choosing these foods instead of another healthier foods. it will become a habit for them and you to check on the nutrients and caloric content.

Tip number 4--You can cook with them if you like, but it is important to guide them while you cut vegetables with them, it is fun cooking with children but know their limitations like they cant just go on their own to cook foods without you, as they grow older they become more independent and you will know if they can prepare already healthy foods. .

Tips number 5-- You are the boss of the children so make sure that you decide for them and tell them that their suggestion is ok, but you are the ones in charge of the kitchen. Just to make sure that it is clear because sometimes children can think that when you enjoin them in their activities they will not listen to you anymore.

Tip Number 6 -- Be consistent with food preparation and what foods are healthy and which are not. Sometimes we have the tendency to give in to the request of children because we feel guilty that w are working hard and we don’t have time for them. We pamper them with food. If you say no now, it should stay that way with that food.

Tip Number 7 -- Have a cheat day, once in a while you should try to indulge in food which are sweet but still not that much sweet and chocolates. Just take note of the calories and the nutrients. Over indulging is a sin, moderation is good.

Tip Number 8 -- Be a model to your children, don’t you sneak on fatty foods and sweet ice creams and then justify it by saying that you are older so you can have it, remember children look at their parents and we should be a good model to them,

Tip Number 9 -- Eat as a family, prepare a dinner and then enjoy eating with your children. There is nothing like looking at each others partaking food and sharing some nice chat and conversation with the family.

Tip Number 10 -- Buy a cookbook from the American Heart Association, National Cancer Society or other healthy planning cookbook. Usually your knowledge about nutrition coupled with nice and healthy cookbooks are the best way to give your children best nutrition you can give them.

Now you are ready to feed your children and enjoy the overall process of healthy meal planning with them taking into consideration best advices on nutrients.

About nutrients and healthy foods:

  • Know how to read labels in processed foods always prefer low fat, low sugar and low sodium
  • Fat vs. not fat oil
  • saturated fat vs. unsaturated fat
  • frozen foods versus unfrozen foods
  • Natural versus unnatural foods
  • red meat versus lean meat
  • food additives making sure that you know the basic additives that are destructive to the health of your children. Some food additives can cause ADD among children
  • Some additives are fatal in the long term it is like killing me softly so you should have a good grasp of food additives in this context

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    • MsCookM profile image

      MsCookM 

      8 years ago

      I also believe that children can adapt to healthy eating habits through parents' choice of what to buy and bring into the table the first place.

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      Andrew 

      8 years ago from Italy

      Another good hub full of right information alexandria, well done. Thumbs up.:)

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      alexandriaruthk 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks blonde!

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      alexandriaruthk 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Ron, thank you!

    • blondepoet profile image

      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      Oh Habee heck you put so much work into this and it really paid off. Great job you ought to be proud of this one :)

    • rprcarz50 profile image

      rprcarz50 

      8 years ago

      Very good research . What I like is this can be applied to any children. I think our society is not focused enough on the next generation's healthy eating habits.

      Thank you for this one.

      Ron

      As Always Also a2z50

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR

      alexandriaruthk 

      8 years ago from US

      thank you Ann!

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      alexandriaruthk 

      8 years ago from US

      thank you Sandy!

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      This is really good, alexandria. I am now suffering from pangs of guilt overy my own breakfast and lunch. Now I will make sure to have a nutritious dinner! Thanks, alexandria!!!! Well done!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very nice tips and interesting hub.

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