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Top 10 Nutritional Recommendations for Parents of Kids Ages 2-10

March 3, 2017

With your schedule as hectic as it is these days, your dietary needs often get pushed aside. But, what about your kids?

Daina Kalnins and Joanne Saab, nutrition experts and authors of Better Food for Kids 2nd Ed., offer up 10 nutritional recommendations for parents of young children:

1) Whenever possible, serve your child homemade rather than prepared or convenience foods. Commercially prepared foods can add excess calories (including many derived from fat) and salt to the diet. They can also displace fresh foods such as vegetables and fruits.

2) Limit your child’s intake of juice. For quenching thirst, water should be the main beverage of choice.

3) Encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by having a constant supply readily available.

4) Eat meals with your children whenever possible. This time spent together as a family has many benefits, including the opportunity to demonstrate to your children your commitment to healthy eating practices which, in turn, will influence theirs.

5) Make sure you are knowledgeable about food and nutrition, and its overall effect on health and well-being.

6) Share your knowledge of nutrition with your children. Use games or arts and crafts to teach kids about all the good things in the food they eat.

7) Make sure that iron-rich foods are part of your child’s diet. Iron deficiency can have serious consequences on the health of young children.

8) Don’t rely on vitamin supplements as a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet.

9) Enjoy an active lifestyle together as a family. Exercise, along with healthy foods,

can help decrease the incidence of obesity in children—and adults!

10) Variety is the spice of life—and essential to healthy and enjoyable eating. Experiment with new foods and try new recipes (starting with those in this book!).

 

 

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