Children can be notoriously picky eaters. Getting them to eat nutritious foods can be challenging. They need a well-balanced diet to grow and develop into healthy adults. As a parent there are several things that you can do to promote healthy eating habits in your children.
Following these simple tips can make a positive difference in the growth and development of your children, forming good habits that can last a lifetime. Let’s take a closer look at how to get your kids to eat better…
Create Food Plans and Schedule Dinners
Children need to eat every 3 hours or so. This helps keep their blood sugar levels stable and keeps them from getting famished and grumpy. They should have 3 meals and 2 snack breaks plus drinks per day. Keeping a few water bottles, pretzels, or apples with you in the car can help prevent those unscheduled trips to fast food stores for a snack.
Likewise, taking a few moments to plan dinners ahead of time will prevent you from scrambling at the last minute to throw something together. Keep it simple, but be sure to make meals balanced and include a vegetable or fruit, protein (i.e., meat, fish, eggs, cheese or beans) and whole grain bread, pasta, or rice.