Teaching Good Nutrition to Children
With so many advertisements on television for happy meals, chocolate drinks and a whole host of other un-nutritious foods, it should not surprise you that children are battling obesity now more than ever. As a result, it is becoming increasingly important that as parents we find ways to teach good nutrition to our children so that they can make good nutrition choices in the future.
The best thing that you can do in order to teach good nutrition to a child is to be flexible with the foods that you offer, but in a nice way. Do not force them to eat their vegetables, otherwise your child is going to resent peas in the future. What you can do is offer incentives and to be creative with the vegetables and healthy foods that you offer. If your child does not like raw vegetables, consider canned or steamed, for example. Experiment and make sure that you are letting them try different things, because if you spur their natural curiosity, it will benefit you in the long run.
Teach your children about portion control, and about the health benefits of lean meats like chicken and other poultry, whole grains, eggs, milk, fruits and vegetables. Let your child make his or her own decisions regarding food, but make sure that you are utilizing both good foods like collard greens and less-than-perfect foods like macaroni and cheese for the best possible results.