healthy eating for kids

Healthy Eating For Toddlers

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Getting a toddler to eat right can be tricky. You want your child to eat enough, and you want meals to be nutritious, not junk. From wrangling a picky eater to offering key nutrients, here’s what you can do to encourage your toddler to healthier foods.

3 Ways to encourage your toddler to eat healthy

  • Avoid placing restrictions on food. Restricting food increases the risk your child may develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia later in life. It can also have a negative effect on growth and development. Instead of banning foods, talk about all the healthy, nutritional options there are — encouraging your family to chose fruits, vegetables, whole grain, lean meals, and low-fat dairy while avoiding heavily processed, low quality junk foods.
  • Keep Healthy food at hand. Children will eat whats available. Keep fruits in a bowl on the counter, not buried in the crisper section of your fridge. Remember your child can only choose foods that you stock in the house. And have an apple for your own snack. Your actions scream louder than anything you will ever tell them.
  • Don’t label foods as “good” or “bad”. Instead, tie food to things your child cares about, such as sports or doing well in school. Let your child know that lean protein such as turkey and calcium in dairy products give them strength for sports. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables add luster to skin and hair, and eating a healthy breakfast can make them focus in class

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