Kids are always full of energy. When we are young, we have an abundance of energy that keeps us running around all through the day right up until bedtime. Not only that, the metabolism levels of children are higher, burning away the things they eat far quicker than our adult bodies do.
But that doesn’t mean that kids should just eat anything. Giving your kids healthy options and setting the right standards will not only leave them stronger and healthier in the now, but will set them up with favorable habits as they get older.
Following these healthy eating tips, your children will see the benefits now and long into the future.
Eat Your Breakfast
Breakfast has been called “the most important meal of the day” and with good reason. Breakfast provides the energy that we need to effectively traverse the day until lunch time, when we can replenish our bodies with additional energy.
Getting your kids started off right with a balanced breakfast or even a glass of milk and a piece of fruit will get your kids in the habit of starting their day off right, something that will last with them as they grow older and start to formulate their own diets.
Snacks Are Okay
Snacking is an inevitability in our lives. Depending on how active we are, snacking can be a good way to bridge the gap between meals when we are feeling hungry. But the thing is that a lot of snacks can be low in nutrients and high in calories and that these snacks can lead to bad habits later in life.
Replacing those unhealthy snacks with fruit, air-popped popcorn, unsalted nuts, or yogurt can show your children that snacking is okay and that a healthy option can provide a bridge between meals that won’t slow them down.
Manage Their Beverages
It can be easy to give your kid juice or sweet drinks but those are high in sugar and can be unhealthy when given to your kids regularly. Making water the drink of choice at meals helps to establish better patterns for kids as they grow older.
Sweetened drinks are okay at times but water provides hydration for our bodies and is a healthier option than just about anything else. Ease your kids towards water and they won’t develop that dependence on sugary drinks that other kids may.