5 healthy habits to teach your kids right now
Get your children to eat more healthily by showing them these clever tricks that’ll set them up for life. There’s even an easy recipe they’ll love to help you make
How can you set your children up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits? You might be tearing your hair out over your household of picky eaters. But use these common-sense ways to shift their attitudes and you’ll be doing them a massive favour by teaching them where food comes from, how it grows, what nutrients it has and how many kilojoules (energy) it contains.
1. Make mornings count
Make sure your child starts their day with a healthy breakfast (this means you need to set the example by not skipping the most important meal of the day yourself). Tell them it’ll give them the energy they need to learn at school. Breakfast is a great way to sneak in fibre via quick and easy high-fibre cereals or whole-grain toast.
2. Eat a rainbow of fruit and veg
Consuming a range of fruits and vegetables (together with food such as whole grains and beans) will help them take in a wide range of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients (natural plant compounds) and fibre that work together to promote good health.
3. Eat slowly
Encourage your children to slow down when they’re eating, as this will help them tune in with hunger and fullness signals more easily. This might be tricky when you’ve only got 10 minutes to get them to eat breakfast, but use dinner time as your training ground. Before offering second helpings, let them wait for 15 minutes to see if they still feel hungry.
4. Grow your own food
Even if you only have a balcony or a small veggie patch or herb garden, this is an excellent way to teach children that their food doesn’t start out neatly packaged on a supermarket shelf. Get them involved in planting, watering, feeding and harvesting their own plants to cultivate an interest in what they put into their bodies.
5. Let your children start helping you shop and cook
Use a grocery-shopping outing as a chance to teach them about food labels. Challenge them to find healthy foods by reading the labels. And as soon as they show interest, get them to help you make simple, healthy recipes like this one for home-made ricotta cheese with exotic tomato salad.
Main Image: HOME-MADE RICOTTA CHEESE WITH EXOTIC TOMATO SALAD
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