How to Help Your Child to Eat Healthier
Here are a few ideas to try:
- Provide a supportive eating environment, and when possible, eat meals as a family.
- Keep your kitchen pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy snack choices for your children. When food shopping consider buying grab and go healthy snacks for after school and â€œon the goâ€ times of the week.
- Model healthy eating for your children. Consider the fact that your children eat what you have taught them is acceptable to eat.
- Try new foods and encourage your children to do the same.
- Plan your meals and snacks ahead of schedule! By writing down a grocery list and food shopping based on that grocery list, you will more than likely stick to those healthier meals and snacks.
- Allow your child to assist with meal and snack preparation. A child is more likely to try a new food if they have helped to prepare it. Children who are exposed to many different foods are more likely to find healthier choices that they like. This is also a great opportunity for family time.
- Clean your plate policies only enforce eating when you are full!
- Encourage moderation, variety, and balance of foods. Do not label foods as â€œbadâ€ foods, rather, â€œfoods to eat once in awhile.â€
- Do not use food as a reward or punishment.
- Encourage your child to drink plenty of water! Water is often forgotten as part of a healthy daily routine.