Promoting Healthy Eating Habits to Your Children

by Wendy on August 21, 2015

If bad eating habits reign, they can be hard to change especially when they’ve become comfortable routines. But by keeping unhealthy foods out of your home, and bringing healthy foods in, it is possible to promote better eating habits, even with the pickiest kids! Whether you’re trying to persuade your toddler to give carrots a chance, or attempting to convince your teen into drinking something other than soda, these healthy eating tips might be worth a try:

Skip the SodaSkip the Soda

Parents greatly underestimate the number of calories and amount of sugar in what their kids are drinking. Did you know that one can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar? You would never knowingly give your child that much sugar to drink! And juice is not much better. Grab bottled water at the store, as it is very convenient to take with you, and there is not too many things better than an ice cold water.

Moderation

If you tell your child that they can’t eat a certain food, that food will be all they will want to eat! No food should be off limits. Banning foods leads to overwhelming cravings. Instead, practice moderation. It is okay to eat ice cream as long as you save it for special occasions and limit it to an appropriate serving size.

Eat When Hungry, Stop When Full

The best healthy diet tip you can teach your children is to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Do not push your kids to eat more than they need, even if you think they have not eaten enough. If you are pushing your child to eat the amount you think they need, they will eventually get used to eating that much. If they don’t finish it, save it for later.

Stay Away From Processed Food

Processed foods are much more convenient, but they tend to contain more calories than more natural foods. Whenever possible, stick to foods in their purest forms. Fruits, vegetables, meats and grains should make up the bulk of your child’s diet. Save the fast foods and processed foods for occasional treats. Good rule of thumb: If you can’t easily pronounce all the ingredients on the food label, it’s likely highly processed and you should skip it!

Plan Ahead

A small amount of food preparation can lead to large amounts of calorie savings. Once a week, sit down and plan the week’s meals. Make sure you have all the ingredients you need to avoid last minute runs to the grocery store.

Pass on the Fried Food

Teach your kids that fried foods are unhealthy and try to stay away from them whenever possible. In a restaurant, ask them to grill or bake your food instead of frying it. A great way to prevent cravings for fried food is to serve a healthier version at home.

Don’t Buy Junk Food

Your first line of defense starts at the grocery store. Make a list before you leave your house and stick to it. Buy healthy snacks to keep at home and save the junk for when you are out and can’t avoid it.

Wendy

Wendy

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234
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