Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Developing Healthy Eating Habits in Children

Once again, Sally is here to share to us some tips to help us become a Super Mom! This time, she will show us how to develop healthy eating habits in our children which is of course very much important.

Developing Healthy Eating Habits in Children

If you're a mother, you have a lot of things on your plate. You're responsible for keeping your children happy and healthy. A whole lot goes into that. If you want to raise a child who is well-rounded and full of joy, you should pay careful attention to the things he puts in his mouth.

Developing healthy eating habits is key for young children. Good eating habits for kids are important. They can pave the way for futures that are healthy, productive and full of energy. If you want your children to be healthy for life, it's never too early to begin teaching them the immense value of nutrition.

Shape a Good Snacking Habit

Good snacks for kids aren't always easy to find. If you're searching for healthy treats for kids, keep your youngsters far, far away from cookies and potato chips. These foods are junk foods that are packed with calories and devoid of beneficial nutrients. Make a point to provide your youngsters with an abundance of healthier alternatives. Examples include homemade oatmeal cookies, homemade baked veggie chips, yogurt, unsalted nuts, fresh fruit and popcorn that's air-popped. If your kids are ever in need of easy healthy snacks on the go, you can't beat these high-quality options. It's crucial for parents never to fall into the trap of feeding their children unhealthy snacks that are easy and cheap.

Let’s take Bhuja crunchy seasoned peas as an example of excellent and healthy snack options for hungry youngsters who feel like noshing on something. Kids absolutely adore the taste of these seasoned peas. They adore their fun and crunchy textures, too. These snacks are free of trans fats and are great sources of both protein and fiber. If you're searching for healthy treats for the wonderful children in your life, you can't really beat these.

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Create a Sense of Involvement

There are many ways to promote healthy eating patterns in youngsters. If you want your children to gain a strong interest in nutritious and balanced eating, try to take them with you on grocery shopping trips whenever possible. If your child visits the supermarket with you, you'll get the opportunity to discuss nutrition in great detail with him. The more proactive your child feels about eating well the better. You can even ask your child for suggestions for healthy foods you can buy. Providing your child with a sense of involvement can be invaluable. It can give him the confidence necessary to focus on making healthy nutrition choices for life.

Make it a Positive Family Activity

You can also help your child develop strong eating habits by regularly consuming meals as a family. Make dining a bonding activity for your family. Focus on establishing a mealtime routine (.pdf) that's enjoyable, relaxing and fun for all. Ask your children how their school days were. Talk to them about their favorite pastimes and toys. Work hard to make them link mealtime with happiness and serenity. If they link mealtime with negative feelings such as frustration and tension, it may cause them to react by turning to unhealthy foods that are in no way nutritious or beneficial to them.

children drinking habits

Encourage Them to Drink More Water

Promote water intake. Sodas and juices are packed with sugar. They can make children feel lethargic and zapped of energy. They can also introduce excess calories that can bring on weight gain and other related health issues. If you want your children to follow well-rounded and healthy diets, make sure they drink plenty of water all the time. Give them water to drink alongside their meals, or opt for homemade juice instead of regular ones in the market. Restrict soda and juice intake as well. Let them drink juice and soda as "once in awhile" rare treats.

Final Thought

Focus on ingredients and portions. Help your children establish healthy eating patterns by always concentrating on ingredients and portions. Always cautiously follow portion instructions that are indicated on food packages. Try to keep your children far away from foods that contain trans fat as well. If you want your children to be healthy eaters for life, a little effort can often go an extremely long way.

About the Writer

This post is written by Sally is a working woman and a mother of 2 kids (currently 10 and 8), living in a suburb of Brisbane. As mom, she learn so much about providing healthier and happier lifestyle for her kids. You can find more of her articles being featured on

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21 (mga) komento:

Great info! Eating healthy will greatly benefit not just our kids health, but also ours! Thanks for sharing!😊

Good read! It is really good to introduce healthy food to kids at such a young age. But what do I do if my little one got used to cookies and juice already? Her grandma always give her juice whenever she would cry for it. I tried to stop it but the mother-in-law wouldn't listen. It's frustrating, really! Anyway, thank you for sharing! ;)

It is a good point that we make mealtime as one of the positive activities in the family. There are times that I allow my kids to eat by themselves even if we have to clean the mess after. Because I can see that they want to be independent and they are enjoying themselves. That way they are not picky on what they eat.

my daughter grew up snacking on plain cheerios, she got used to the bland taste and now prefers real food over junk :)

I have imposed to my son to always drink more water. As a growing kid who's into many activities at school, the tend is to dehydrate.

Thanks for sharing these very helpful tips! My son isn't really fond of fruits and veggies, although I manage to incorporate bits of them into his meals, but he drinks lots of water every day.

Feeding my picky-eater is nothing short of a daily struggle, I have done everything I can to let him eat veggies and fruits, but to no avail. I am sure mums will learn a thing or two about the tips you mentioned to make feeding time with their little ones more successful.

Living by example is helpful. I drink a lot of water and my boys would see the many times that i ask for water. Fortunately, they find the act inspiring and they, too, would now consume about 6-8 glasses a day.

Great tips! I really think that when developing healthy eating habits in our kids it's best to start them young and really expose them to a variety of healthy options.

I agree. Make children involved and they will actually stay away from unhealthy food on their own, especially as they grow up. The same goes for drinking water. It becomes a habit and they are better off on their own one day rather than being fed junks and they become unhealthy later because they would not resist those tasty delicious killer foods.

I believe in teaching kids (toddlers) not only to eat healthily but to eat what's on the table. I had some issues with some of my cousins who only feed their kids spaghetti and chicken because according to them, what's what they only like to eat. I don't agree.

Great tips! I need to have more ideas for snacking. It's so tempting to just go for the crackers and chips. I should make some effort to make our own.

Thank you so much for this! I started my son on healthy eating habits -- somehow di pa umeepekto hahaha. I won't give up though!

Sometimes it's hard to stick to healthy snacks especially when sugary treats are so much easier to feed them with. These are great tips.

I have bad eating habits but I'm happy to say that my son does better than me. The other day, he chose bread over ice cream! He used to eat ampalaya too, though right now he's picky with the textures of the food. I hope he gets to carry on good eating habits until he gets old.

I have bad eating habits but I'm happy to say that my son does better than me. The other day, he chose bread over ice cream! He used to eat ampalaya too, though right now he's picky with the textures of the food. I hope he gets to carry on good eating habits until he gets old.

I agree with you, Mommy. We really have to start them young in developing healthy eating habits. Thankfully, I think Charley and I are on the right track. Thanks for sharing, Mommy.:)

Hayyy guilty ako with starting my kids on snacks! I was not aware before that biscuits are also junk food, haha. Kasi naman ang skyflakes, marketed na pangpuno ng gutom for the longest time, so I assumed biscuits and crackers are healthy.

But we're trying to shift into healthy eating. i agree when you say "involvement." sabi ng friend ko na chef, the more involved they are, the easier it is to make them curious enough to eat healthy food.

Great article. This is very timely since I'm having issue feeding my son. He became very picky.

Nice suggestions! If there's one thing I like about Norway re: the topic, it's that parents do not give sweets to children everyday. Fridays and weekend is usually the only days Norwegian children get candies. During random days, they get fruit or ice cream after they finish whatever healthy dinner they have on the table. Oh, in the family where I live now, the kids also get 1 pancake dinner day, which I think is too much, considering they get sweet and crap foods 3 days in a row. I'd most likely follow your suggestions when I start my own family. It's very important that children get all the nutrients they need while growing up, and that home-made is the priority.

I love the way your blog looks. It's clean, neat, and organized. It's so refreshing in the eye, and it's worth anyone's time to read. Keep it up, mommy!

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