8 Healthy Eating Tips for Children

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bike? The most important part was getting the balance right. Once you could balance easily, the pedals could turn smoothly, to drive the wheels and get the bike moving.  The same thing is true when it comes to choosing our food. Once we have learned to carefully balance the amounts and types of foods eaten, all the organs in the body will function smoothly and the body will work efficiently. 

Following tips will help you and your children stay fit and healthy. It’s as easy as riding a bike, once we’ve got the balance right!

1.Eat Breakfast
Eating breakfast, even if it’s just a banana and a glass of milk, kick-starts the body and makes it easier to maintain lasting energy throughout the day. If you can get children to establish the habit of eating a good breakfast at a young age, it should stay with them as they get older.

2. Choose Healthier Snacks
It’s easy to reach for chips or biscuits when you and your children feel like nibbling on
something, but these snacks tend to be low in nutrients and high in calories. Instead, try to
keep your cupboards stocked with healthier snacks such as fruit, air-popped popcorn,
unsalted nuts and unsweetened yoghurt.

3.Drink Water
Make water the drink of choice at meal times, and keep juice and sweet drinks as occasional treats. While juice has valuable nutrients and gives a concentrated energy boost for active, growing bodies, kids should go for water first when they are thirsty, not sugar-sweetened drinks.

4. Eat Together
It’s tempting to eat dinner in front of the television, to wolf down lunch at your desk, and to grab snacks on the run. If you can encourage your children to eat regular meals with you at the table, it can not only reduce snacking, it can also teach valuable social skills.

5. Limit TV and computer time. 
When you do, you'll avoid mindless snacking and encourage activity. Research has shown that kids who cut down on TV watching also reduced their percentage of body fat. When TV and computer time are limited, they'll find more active things to do. And limiting "screen time" means you'll have more time to be active together.

6. Be creative
All the vibrant colours in fruit and vegetables come from natural plant chemicals that have healthy effects on our bodies. Different colours have different effects, so it’s good to eat a variety of different colours each day. Offer your children a colourful snack of different fruits and berries, or chop vegetables into interesting shapes to make them seem more fun and exciting.

7. Kids do as you do. 
If you want your children to eat nutritious food, you need to set a good example. That means no hidden treats, soft drink in the fridge or different food rules for parents - the whole family needs to eat well, including dad!
8.  Activity is just as important as food intake.
If children move for at least an hour each day, not only do they have less time to eat, they are also far less likely to have weight issues.
A Happy World Health Day! Stay fit, stay healthy, stay happy! :)
Team Avishkaar Box

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