We all know that children should be encouraged to consume a variety of nutritious foods. Plenty of vegetables, legumes, fruits and cereals, however this is easier said than done. Trying to communicate the importance of these foods to your child’s growth, energy levels and brain health can be challenging so we’ve searched the web for tips and tools to help you do it.
Our key tips for encouraging healthy eating:
- Lead by example! Children learn what they live so if you eat healthy that is the best example you can give.
- Start young. It is easier to introduce healthy foods when your child’s palette is still developing a taste for different foods.
- Get your child involved. Allow your child to help prepare a meal in the kitchen, take them shopping with you and talk to them about the fresh produce on offer. If you live near farms visit the markets with your child.
- Put together a food pyramid/circle with your child. Allow them to cut out the foods from magazines and stick them on the poster while you discuss what you should eat from the various food groups. An example of one can be found here.
- Make sure your child has a nutritious breakfast, this will fill them up and avoid them craving sweet foods to give them energy.
- Familiarise yourself with the National dietary guidelines. Here are the guidelines for Australia – Australian Dietary Guidelines NB: These guidelines are currently under review with new ones expected to be released this year.