Diet plays a crucial role in your child’s development. It’s not always easy to encourage children to have a healthy and balanced diet. Nowadays, both children and parents have busy schedules and this makes it even more important to have a balanced diet. With an increasing affinity towards the outside food, it gets difficult to convince kids why home-cooked meals are better. As a parent, you need to first understand the impact of junk food on your child’s health and the lifetime diseases it can cause, only then you can explain to your child. You can tell the benefits of each vegetable and fruit to create a healthy map in their mind. Parents who get their kids to implement healthy eating habits from an early age can have a positive impact on their kids instead of teaching them later in life. It has been indicated by researchers that eating manners and diet habits at an early age have an impression on children’s food likings and eating arrangements in adulthood.
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Eating a balanced breakfast with rich protein can help a child to start a healthy day. Protein can help them stay filled for longer and build a strong body. We all know the benefits of healthful eating, but the only concern is how to implement it. So, here are a few pointers for you:
1. Involve kids in Grocery shopping
Include kids when you go out grocery shopping next time. Teach them how to read a label of food so they can know the nutrition in the foods they’re choosing. Tell them good about the fruits and vegetables that you buy and bad about random junk food lying in the mart.
2. Home grown Fruits/ Vegetables
If you have a garden in your home, you can grow plants some vegetables or fruits. You’re your child do the seeding, watering and nourishing the plants. Planting, maintaining, and harvesting your own food is satisfying for both parents and teachers. This can bring kids close to nature and will boost them to eat healthy food.
3. Make fruits more appealing
Keep whole fruit in a place where your child can see it easily and can grab while going in and out of the house. This is more helpful with older children.
4. Make every food healthy
Your child will never know what vegetables he or she is eating if you hide them within other foods. Slicing them and adding them is an easy way to get them in. Even if you are making pasta or Maggi, make it a vegetable pasts/ Maggi by adding small pieces of zucchini or carrots.