The biggest concern every parent has about their school going kids would be that they are not eating healthy food. They often get concerned about the kids unhealthy eating habits, skipping of breakfast and untouched lunch boxes they bring back by evening. But these are the most critical growing ages for your child, and you have to ensure that they eat healthily and stay healthy. But the truth is often far away from it. None of us is really able to ensure that the kids eat nutrition rich food on an everyday basis.
Here are some ways to ensure that your kids eat nutrient-rich and healthy food:
Always provide them balanced and regular snacks and meals loaded with nutrients.
Ensure that all the meal times are calm and pleasant times where the whole family sits together and have a great time at the dining table. Utilize it also as a time for the kids and adults to interact and share the happenings of the day. It is better to switch off all the gadgets, television sets and mobiles during meal times.
Don’t always try to force the child to eat. Let the kids use their inner signals of hunger and decide when to eat and how much quantity to eat.
Experiment with food varieties. Don’t always stick to the traditional cuisine. Kids love changes. Hence, try incorporating different flavors and tastes from different cuisines and cultures. It will make the meal times more interesting, and kids will be more than ready to try out a new cuisine than follow the same menu daily.
Always appreciate healthy food and try preparing healthy food in different ways that make kids look forward to the meal times.
Ensure that the food is always prepared safely. Ensure that you wash all the vegetables and fruits very well before using them to prepare food. Also, ensure that you wash your hands properly before you start preparing the food.
Try to encourage the kids to follow a healthy eating pattern even when you are away from home and eating from outside.
In case of any doubts, try to find credible sources that can give you the correct information about nutrition and health.
Family Meals- Top Priority!
The best way to instill healthy eating habits and to ensure a peaceful and loving family atmosphere is to make family mealtimes a top priority. Most of us forget this simple fact and get lost in the hustle and bustle of daily chores, so much so that families are now devoid of any family mealtimes or interactions. Even if you have millions of jobs to be done, take some time off and sit together at the dining table to have a quiet family time. It helps in building a strong family bonding and encourage healthy eating habits.
Eating and interacting together as a family helps to build the family unity and prevent all the behavior issues kids face at school or home. It helps in improving the academic abilities of the kid as they become more focused and feel nurtured and cared. It also helps in improving the nutrition of kids and encourage healthy eating habits. It even aids in ensuring that the kid has the proper and healthy weight needed for their age and never become obese by eating junk food.