Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits in Children
Kids start developing their eating habits at a very young age. The taste of crunchy, sweet or salty foods is attractive to all of us but if you start promoting healthy eating habits at an early age, your kids will be off to a great start. Learning Tree Childcare Apollo in Rosedale encourages parents to give these healthy eating tips a go.
Kids are attracted to bright colours so one way of making healthy eating fun is to incorporate a range of fruits and vegetables of all different colours into their diets. It’s a great way to get them to try new things and think about their food in a different way.
It may seem counter intuitive but don’t cut out the treat food – not completely. Limit less healthy food and make it clear it is a treat. Forbidding something can just make it seem even more appealing.
Get your kids used to a routine of regular mealtimes. By not skipping meals such as breakfast, and sitting down to family dinners, kids are less likely to need to snack and be tempted by unhealthy snack foods. They’re also more likely to continue this habit when they’re older.
Have fun cooking with your kids. Get them involved in planning or preparing their meals and they’ll not only have a better understanding of their food but they’ll almost certainly be more interested in eating it. This includes helping to prepare their lunchbox for childcare in Rosedale.
Be a good role model. Your own food choices will be sending a message to your kids about healthy eating. If the parents are enjoying a healthy balanced diet along with some physical exercise, your kids will pick up the same habits without even realising.
Here at Learning Tree Childcare Apollo in Rosedale, we provide freshly made and cooked meals for children every day of the week, all year round. We see this as a special opportunity that allows us to not only provide nourishing food but educate children about healthy food choices and relationships with food.