Food is the thing intake that supplies the nutrients needed as a source of energy for activity of the body, and as structural materials for every cell of the body while nutrition might be defined as the science of food and the way the body uses them. To have healthy body, one must achieve good nutrition found in various foods with nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins. Good nutrition and balanced diet help your child to grow up healthy.
Providing healthy foods for the family is one of a tough job as parents because of the busy schedules. Makes family meal is fun and exciting to improve nutrition and encourage healthy eating habits. For your toddler, you can prepare foods such as dried fruits or vegetable like peas, cube carrots, or corn and make it fun by allowing his or her to count those foods. This can be use as part of fun learning activities. Your toddler will eat a healthy food while playing the fun learning game with the food. Also, be sure to you serve fruit or vegetable every meal for the whole family and serve lean meats and other good source of protein such as fish, beans, eggs or nuts. Parents must allot a time for preparing healthy food than to have a sick children.
Make yourself an example. One of the best ways to encourage your child to eat healthy food is to be a role model for them. Eat with them healthy and nutritious foods. Children usually follow what the adult eat everyday. If you eat unhealthy foods such as candy, potato chips, and soda or drinking soft drink every snack, it might possible for them to imitate what you eat. What you should do is, eat fruits and vegetables and explain them the important of these foods in our body. Children notice your food choices and follow you as an example.
Have regular family meals pleasant and positive by eating together as family. Avoid making comments on the type of foods about the amounts or type of foods your child intake. It actually reduces children’s acceptance of a new or different foods. Never use food as a reward or bribe.
Gets your children involve in preparing food while teaching them the nutritional values of different foods. Let them decide what to make for dinner and selects food for their lunch box. Some may even want to shop the ingredient and prepare the meal. Also, teach them how to read the foods label and understand what to look for.