Healthy Eating Habits in Children
Good nutrition is fundamental to lifelong health, and it begins in right from the moment your child no longer depends on milk alone. Healthy eating can stabilise children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods.
There are simple steps that parents can take to instill healthy eating habits in their kids, without turning mealtimes into a battle zone. By encouraging healthy eating habits now, you can make a huge impact on your children’s lifelong relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults.
It’s important you act as a role model for your children. It’s no good asking your child to eat fruit and vegetables while you gorge on pizza and fizzy drinks.
Top tips to promote healthy childhood eating
Have regular family meals.
Knowing dinner is on the table at same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting and may encourage a childs appetite.
Get the kids involved!
Most children enjoy helping adults when out at the supermarket, selecting what goes in their lunch box, and preparing dinner. It’s a good opportunity too to teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, and (for older children) how to read food labels.
Make a variety of healthy snacks available instead of empty calorie snacks.
Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks, and healthy drinks (water, milk, pure fruit juice) around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for healthy snacks instead of empty calorie snacks like sugary drinks, chocolate, crisps, or biscuits.
Control portion sizes.
Don’t insist your child clears the plate.