We all want our child to grow up strong and healthy. Instilling health consciousness from the beginning is essential.
Sometimes getting a child to eat nutritiously is a challenge. (Refer to Parenting Tips for Toddlers for reminders about how to handle that.)
However, if you start with a good child nutrition program and remain consistent, it is much easier than trying to break bad habits later in life.
Here are some tips for good nutrition in children:
Follow this simple rule – the less packaging, the healthier the food. Whole foods (fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken, etc.) are healthier than processed, packaged foods.
When shopping, read labels
Focus on sugar, salt (sodium) and fat content. Read the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce them do you really want your child eating them?
Visit your local farmers market often
Locally grown produce is a great alternative to high priced produce that has been shipped in.