There is no denying that good nutrition is one of the most important things we can give our children.
A healthy, balanced diet full of good nutrition is the backbone to supporting their growth, education and happiness.
However, ensuring your little ones get their 5-a-day can be exhausting and a challenge to say the least so how exactly do you ensure your children get the best nutrition during their early years and how do you ensure they continue to make the right nutritional choices when they become too old to be spoon fed by you?
Take a look at some of my top family nutrition tips below.
Set an Example
Children love to copy their parents so it is important that both parents are on the same wavelength when it comes to setting a nutritional example for your children.
Cut back on the junk food and fizzy drinks, eat the same meals as they do, if you can and all sit down together, tucking into your greens.
Involve the Kids
If there is a certain food group or dish your child doesn’t like, involving them in the making of that dish or preparation of that food may help them to become more accustomed to it.
Get them to try it whilst it cooking, using positive connotations and not orders. When you sit down to eat, emphasise that they made the dish and how delicious it is, they will be more inclined to eat up.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
This isn’t a myth and should be taken seriously.
Make sure you get the children up early enough so they can sit down and enjoy a varied breakfast with fruit, cereal or toast, a glass of fruit juice and a glass of water.
Did you know it takes the brain 20 minutes to realise it is full?
Eating quickly is never any good for you or the children so make sure everyone is taking it slowly, properly chewing their food and most importantly, enjoying it.
Get in Your 5-a-Day
Ensuring your children have their five a day is so important to their growth and nutrition and something which should be encouraged at all times.
From taking fruit to school as a snack to having fresh fruit juice in the morning, there are plenty of ways to encourage your children to fit in their 5-a-day.
Healthy Lunch Box
There is no use in upholding good nutritional values and practices at home if you send your child to school with a poorly packed lunch.
There are many alternative lunch box ideas from stir fry to wholemeal wraps, it doesn’t have to boring sandwiches and bad snacks. Avoid the bad snacks such as crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks and replace with water, fruit and raw veg humous.
It can be difficult to ensure your child eats well, especially as they become older and make their own food choices but with a little encouragement and by setting a good example it can be achieved.