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Healthy Eating for 2017

Posted on 02-02-2017

A well-balanced, nutritious diet is the key to a happy kid. With a full belly and a positive attitude, your child will be prepared to participate in class, excel in sports, and stay energized throughout the day. Here are some tips that any parent can apply in order to teach children about the importance of a healthy diet.

Water, water, and more water: On average, preschoolers need one liter of water each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Instill the importance of hydration in your child, and try to cut back on sugary drinks like soda and certain pre-packaged juices.

Healthy snacking, happy child: Encourage your child to choose healthy snacks over processed chips or sugary cereal bars. These options will keep your child full and give them the energy they need to excel throughout the day.

  • Carrots and ranch
  • Apples or bananas and peanut butter
  • Frozen grapes or banana slices

Say hello to your sous chef: Have your children help out when cooking dinner at night. Assigning them simple tasks like mixing ingredients or setting the table is an opportunity to teach them about nutrition and get them excited about healthy cooking. You may even spark a new interest in them!

Sweeten things up: For those of you whose children view greens as the enemy, here are two tips to make those veggies seem a little less villainous:

  • Add honey or a dash of cinnamon to sweet potato wedges and roast them for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over broccoli or asparagus to counteract any bitterness.

It’s never too early to begin to educate your child about proper nutrition and healthy eating. Armed with this vital information and provided with healthy eating options, your tyke is more likely to make good choices that will serve them well now and into the future.

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