Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Eating Habits

by Liliya on March 7, 2011

Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it very hard to teach a child how he or she should eat healthy.  The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you normally won’t like the results.

Study shows that kids develop eating habits comparable to those of their parents. Poor eating habits and craving for sugar snacks and fatty foods may develop if parents fail to direct the decision making process. You can’t anticipate a child to want to eat broccoli if chips are provided, or drink milk or orange juice when parents are drinking sodas. Parents can make eating a pleasure for the entire family by helping create positive attitudes about food that will lead to a lifetime of good health.

This food guide pyramid, provided by Child Development Forum, shows how to select a balanced diet and how to teach your child to make wise options:

Calorie level 1,600(Quite a few ladies and older adults)

2,200(Youngsters, teen girls, active women and most men)

2,800(Teen boys and active men)
Bread Group Servings 6(Many ladies and older adults)

9(Children, teen girls, active women and most men)

11(Teen boys and active men)
Vegetable Group Serving 3(Many ladies and older adults)

4(Youngsters, teen girls, active ladies and most men)

5(Teen boys and active men)

Fruit Group Servings 2(Several ladies and older adults)

3(Children, teen girls, active ladies and most men)

4(Teen boys and active men)
Milk Group serving 2-3(Quite a few women and older adults)

2-three(Youngsters, teen girls, active ladies and most men)

2-3(Teen boys and active men)
Meat Group Servings 2, for a total of 5 ounces (Numerous women and older adults)

2, for a total of 6 ounces (Youngsters, teen girls, active women and most men)

3 for a total of 7 ounces(Teen boys and active men)
Total Fat (grams) 53(Numerous ladies and older adults)

73(Kids, teen girls, active women and most men)

93((Teen boys and active men)
These are the calorie levels if you select low fat.lean foods from the 5 significant food groups and use foods from the fats, oils, and sweets group sparingly. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, teenagers, and young adults to age 24 need three servings. A balanced diet consists of food from every of the following food groups:

1. Grains (bread, cereal, rice, and pasta);

2. Fruit (fresh, dried, or unsweetened canned);

three. Vegetables (raw or lightly cooked);

4. Meat (meat, poultry, fish, dried beans, eggs, and nuts); and

5. Dairy (milk, yogurt, and cheese).

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but to make them enjoy it also has to be fun as well.  This isn’t always an easy task, because kids normally don’t like foods that are good for them.  It can however, be done with a bit of creativity, for example use Play Food Sets to explain food groups or cook pretend healthy meal at Kidkraft kitchen while playing with your little one. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.

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