These days, a lot of children suffer from high cholesterol or overweight or obesity or anemia. Such conditions can cause very serious health problems for your child now and later in life as an adult. Helping your child to follow a healthy diet and do regular exercise can lessen his or her risk of experiencing severe health problems. Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat are essential for your childâ€™s physical and mental vitality. An insufficiency of even one vital nutrient can cause imbalances that can lead to some disease.
The first and foremost thing you can do is setting an example for your child. Making highly nutritious foods for your family and having healthy foods yourself will encourage your child also to eat right. It is obligatory that you provide a variety of foods for your child so that he gets all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy make nutritious food for children.
Cook any food with less fat. You might bake, roast, or poach foods instead of frying. Limiting the amount of added sugar in your child’s diet is mandatory. High-fat snack foods, juice, fruit drinks, soda, and milk between meals also should be avoided in your childâ€™s diet. Encourage children to eat on a regular basis, mainly breakfast.
The following items can be given to your child to make sure that he eats nutritious snacks.
- Bananas cooked in apple juice or coconut milk
- Apple slices with natural peanut butter
- Dried fruit mix
- Carrot sticks with honey
- fat-free cottage cheese
- whole-grain crackers
- Fat-free yogurt topped with dry fruits
- Half cup oats cooked with a little milk
- Unsalted almonds
- Whole-grain breads
It’s better to be late than never to help your child start healthy eating habits. You will be surprised to see how quickly poor health disappears through good nourishment.Tags: children, food trouble, parenting