Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Parentsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-kidFood-enHD-AR1.jpgHere are 10 simple tips to help you raise kids who develop healthy eating habits!family meals, tips, parents, tv time, healthy eating, clean plate, eat healthy, food, nutrition, tips, food tips, overweight, obesity, nutritious, junk food, snacks, meals, healthy foods, food labels, calories, fats,, CD1Obesity, CD1Nutrition, CD1Weight Mgmt09/30/200509/26/201609/26/2016Mary L. Gavin, MD09/14/2015836e3bc3-3569-4c35-acdf-8d39c3251221https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-tips.html/ <p>It's no surprise that parents might need some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. From the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/myplate.html/">MyPlate food guide</a> to the latest food fad, it can be awfully confusing.</p> <p>The good news is that you don't need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. Following some basic guidelines can help you encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.</p> <p>Here are 10 key rules to live by:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Parents control the supply lines.</strong> You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them. Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won't go hungry. They'll eat what's available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn't all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don't feel deprived.</li> <li><strong>From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all.</strong> Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/snacking.html/">snack</a> times. From the selections you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.</li> <li><strong>Quit the "clean-plate club."</strong> Let kids stop eating when they feel they've had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn't help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they're less likely to overeat.</li> <li><strong>Start them young.</strong> Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies. You may need to serve a new food a few&nbsp;different times for a child to accept it. Don't force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older kids, ask them to try one bite.</li> <li><strong>Rewrite the kids' menu.</strong> Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.</li> <li><strong>Drink calories count.</strong> Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. <a class="kh_anchor">Water and milk</a> are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it's 100%, but kids don't need much of it &mdash; 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.</li> <li><strong>Put sweets in their place.</strong> Occasional sweets are fine, but don't turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner. When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.</li> <li><strong>Food is not love.</strong> Find better ways to say "I love you." When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with <a class="kh_anchor">stress</a> or other emotions. Offer hugs, praise, and attention instead of food treats.</li> <li><strong>Kids do as you do.</strong> Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don't skip meals.</li> <li><strong>Limit TV and computer time.</strong> When you do, you'll avoid mindless snacking and encourage activity. Research has shown that kids who cut down on <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tv-habits.html/">TV-watching</a> 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.</li> </ol> Los niños y la comida: 10 consejos para los padresNo es de extrañar que los padres necesiten ayuda para entender qué significa comer de forma saludable. Desde la pirámide de los alimentos hasta la última grasa alimenticia, el alud de información existente sobre este tema puede desorientar bastante.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/eating-tips-esp.html/132ff668-a048-42f2-9379-2bc4c71737c3
5 Ways to Get Your 5 a DayYou may know that you should eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Here are some tips on making that happen.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/veggies-tips.html/378e159a-30d0-46c5-bb59-68123c27739f
Carbohydrates and SugarCarbs are the body's most important and readily available source of energy. The key is to eat healthy ones, like whole grains, and avoid foods with added sugar.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sugar.html/c44f9eb8-dc91-44fe-bd39-89d25c0715b8
Figuring Out Food LabelsFind out how to make healthy food choices for your family by reading food labels.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-labels.html/9401fbd6-52f0-4a25-ab3e-56c1794d3350
Food LabelsLook at any packaged food and you'll see the food label. This nutrition facts label gives the lowdown on everything from calories to cholesterol. Read more about food labels.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-labels.html/9fd21fc8-7da9-499f-a517-dcacb9624e24
Garden-Fresh LunchesLet's step into the garden for some ideas on what you can pack for lunch. PB&J is great, but not every day!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/garden-lunches.html/74ae80a4-3d16-41e5-aad5-155b6b22d9b7
Go, Slow, and Whoa! A Kid's Guide to Eating RightWant to eat healthier? It's easy when you learn the difference between Go, Slow, and Whoa foods!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/go-slow-whoa.html/4c5268e5-9901-4987-a37b-5c919be1fb2b
Healthy EatingGood nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow up healthy. Here's how to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/habits.html/429ff6f2-05a1-4593-a32b-4c6e4837e415
Healthy Food ShoppingWhat you put in the grocery cart can affect your child's health and attitude toward nutritious food.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-shopping.html/8eed11a3-924a-49e3-9359-a17bddffa584
Keeping Portions Under ControlWaistlines have been expanding over the last few decades. Part of the problem is what we eat, but another is quantity. Are our plates simply piled too high?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/portions.html/1d063504-d67e-4620-825f-e6b465097df6
Learning About CaloriesYou've probably heard about calories. Are they good or bad for you? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/calorie.html/418367d5-9bbb-4ec4-9e34-9391c36d45d6
Nutrition & Fitness CenterYou know the importance of exercising and eating nutritious foods, but do you know how to raise a healthy and active child? Get practical advice and tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/fitness-nutrition-center.html/7009e5b7-7f4b-454d-bb03-b5f0660de762
Nutrition Guide for ToddlersWhile growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it's a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-food.html/774434a1-8fe8-4977-87c9-84f158ec4fff
School LunchesPacking school lunches are a chance to steer kids toward good nutrition. Here are ideas for some fun and easy lunchbox options.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lunch.html/f6affa84-3737-4713-bbfe-fe3d82955cf8
Smart Supermarket ShoppingYou don't need to be a dietitian to figure out how to make healthy food choices. Before grabbing a shopping cart and heading for the aisles, read this article to make grocery shopping a snap.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/grocery-shopping.html/5414ea2a-c37a-42da-9254-35a48f72817f
SnacksIf the right foods are offered at the right times, snacks can play an important role in managing kids' hunger and boosting nutrition.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/snacking.html/8cbc8b72-a389-4c19-9766-8055a94bbbb7
Snacks for ToddlersSome toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That's where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-snacks.html/80d7a0b7-8d30-432c-aee6-4098ef0b6d98
Strategies for Feeding a PreschoolerDuring the preschool years, kids are more willing to cooperate. So it's a great time to teach them about healthy food choices in new and exciting ways.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed-preschooler.html/eb5c52b6-bab5-4672-80c3-a2a226ed4073
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