Parents and caregivers can help encourage a lifetime of healthy eating
habits for the whole family by making fruits and vegetables a part of
every meal, limiting snacks and controlling portion sizes. Create opportunities
for good choices by following these 3 simple tips:
Healthy snacks are easy ways to cut sugar and fat from your child’s
diet. A busy family can benefit from food that’s nutritious and
easy to eat on-the-go. Have healthy snacks on hand, and pre-package appropriate
serving sizes of fruits, vegetables, crackers, etc. When your kids are
hungry, you already have a quick treat on hand!
Dealing with a child that refuses to try new foods? Here are a few suggestions
our employees have used to encourage their children to make healthy choices:
Shop and cook with your kids.
“Having our children involved in the process of selecting and preparing
their snacks and meals has made a big difference in the variety of foods
they will eat.” -Heather of Walker
Make it fun.
“My grandchildren eat more whenever I arrange their food into faces
on their plates or cut their sandwiches into shapes.” -Melissa of
Create a “try it first” rule.
“Before our 4 year old can veto an item off his plate, he must try
it first. The rule has helped him get comfortable with new foods.”
– Marquette of Hammond
Give ‘em options.
“Placing my daughter’s snacks in a muffin tin tray makes for
a special presentation. More importantly, it gives her a variety of healthy
choices.” -Lauren of Ponchatoula
Children and families tend to consume more of the foods that are easily reached.
Here are a few tips to make healthier choices:
Keep healthy foods at eye level. Fruits and vegetables are more likely to be consumed if they are within reach.
Store tempting foods out of sight. Place cookies, chips and ice cream out of immediate eyesight. Set these
items on a high shelf or in the back of the freezer to reduce temptation.
Trade in the candy dish. Replace your sugar-laden candy dish with a fruit bowl.