Establishing a love of nutritious food is one of the best things we can do for our children. This helps us set them up for a lifetime of good health. Here are some tips to help you raise happy, healthy eaters!
Nurture their gut health
Gut health impacts just about every aspect of our overall health, from our physical health to our mental health. For this reason, establishing good gut health in our kids is incredibly important. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and wholegrains with limited junk food is a great place to start. Including as much variety as possible in your child’s diet will also increase the diversity of their gut bacteria, which in turn will improve the health of their gut. Adding some probiotic foods such as yoghurt or Whole Kids Probiotic Bites to their diet is another fantastic way to introduce healthy bacteria and promote good gut health.
Incorporate healthy snacks to tide them over between meals
Most kids will need 2-3 small snacks to tide them over between meals and fuel their active, growing bodies. As well as providing additional fuel, snacks can also be a great way to get some extra nutrients into kids’ diets that they may otherwise miss out on. For example, children who shun vegetables or wholegrains at mealtimes may be more likely to accept them as part of a snack.
Focus on real food – read the label
Packaged foods can be a great way to add healthy options to your child’s diet without having to spend all day in the kitchen. However, it’s important to choose products that are as nutritious as possible, so make sure you read the label before you purchase anything for your child. Look for products with minimal added sugar, saturated fat and salt, and if you don’t recognise an ingredient in a food, chances are it’s best left on the shelf!
Make healthy food fun
Healthy food absolutely does not need to be boring, and it’s important that our kids learn this from an early age. While junk food is always going to appeal to kids, it will have less power over them if they see healthy foods as appealing. Chop fruit and vegetables into different shapes, come up with new fun names for some of your family staples, get kids involved in cooking and preparing food and let them choose different fruits and vegetables or healthy snacks at the supermarket. Whole Kids Organic Wholegrain Puffs in playful animal shapes and Organic Wholegrain Apple & Chia Mini ABCs Biscuits are a fun way to get kids eating nutritious snacks!
Article written by Skye Swaney - Whole Kids