Instilling proper eating habits while your child is young will not only help to keep your child healthy as he or she grows, but will also translate into a much healthier future as an adult. Unfortunately, today’s children are surrounded by unhealthy fast-food and highly processed meal choices. Help your child to make good choices and stay healthy by learning a little bit more about proper nutrition from the tips below:
- Make a variety of healthy food options available
Although your child may have a group of favorite foods, it is important to be sure that they partake in many different types of foods. Eating a variety of healthy, nutrient-rich foods will ensure that your child gets the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that he or she needs.
- Avoid sugary soft drinks and juices
When your child is thirsty, his or her body is craving a glass of refreshing, cold water. Encourage your child to choose water (or milk, for the calcium) most often instead of sugary fruit juices, soft drinks, juice cocktails, or sweetened teas.
- Always remember a healthy breakfast
Making sure that your child gets a nutritious breakfast each morning will allow him or her to participate in learning and other activities with optimal focus and energy.
- Be a good role model for healthy eating
Your child looks up to you as a role model—make sure that you are making healthy choices, too. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet while also staying physically active will not only help you set a good example for your child, but will also keep you looking and feeling great.
If you would like to learn more about proper nutrition for your child, contact the healthcare professionals of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our staff offers comprehensive pediatric care services to the community of Las Vegas, Nevada. Call us today at (702) 731-5437—we are happy to answer your questions.