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How to Encourage Your Kids to Make Healthy Food Choices

How to Encourage Your Kids to Make Healthy Food Choices

With the ever-increasing rates of obesity and consequent medical problems (like diabetes and joint pains) on the rise in children today, you are bound to pay more attention to your child’s health than usual.

Parenting is no longer about allowing your child the benefit of an extra ice-cream or a pack of chips. These acts will only encourage bad eating habits in your child and place him at higher risk for all kinds of dangerous medical diseases. To save your child from these risks, you will have to make sure they are trained to make healthy food choices.

The first thing to remember here is that a parent needs to instill a sense of fun about good food choices. Kids can also be kept interested in food by involving them in some light fun cooking and baking. Make them feel like it is something they enjoy doing. If they help you make that batch of whole-meal muffins,

chances are they will enjoy eating them too. It is also advisable to make sure that you begin this healthy food choice routine as early as possible. If bran bread is the only kind of bread that your child is accustomed to, they will accept it as a norm. It is much more practical than giving them tastes of regular bread initially and then expecting them to switch to a healthier type.

Similarly, you can treat them to frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream and honey instead of sugar. Make fresh fruit seem more fun by pointing out their fun recipes and colors. Kids also take up habits from parents so if you yourself follow a healthier routine your kids are bound to adopt it. Keep them away from high sugar drinks and make smoothies or shakes at home to ensure that your children are having safe and healthy things to eat and drink.

If you train your children to make healthy choices today, they will grow up to make healthy choices all their lives. As a parent or a guardian, it is your responsibility to teach kids to choose healthy lifestyle and eating habits for themselves. Parents who teach their children to eat healthily can rest assured that their children will make these choices throughout their lives.

Teaching children to cook and have fun while cooking is also a great way to celebrate life with your family.

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Marilyn G. Combs

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