Healthy eating 5-9 – Parentchannel.tv

Healthy eating 5-9 – Parentchannel.tv


What would be the best way to get my six year
old and nine year old eating healthily and eating the same things as my husband and I? Well, my little brother, he’s quite annoying to get him started, but now he’s getting to
learn how to eat his vegetables. I’m easy to do it. A great way to get children involved in eating a varied and balanced diet is to not only
get them involved in cooking but also thinking about the ingredients that go into a recipe:
get them to come with you shopping, bringing the food home, preparing it, chopping, cooking,
talking about the texture, the taste of the food, and then when you actually introduce
it to them, then they’ll be much more familiar and likely to try it. And, you know, if they
don’t the first time, don’t give up and don’t worry, just try again at a later time. Sarah, when she was a lot younger, wouldn’t eat healthy foods, so what we did, we actually
shaped the food, for example, vegetables into something that was a bit more fun so that
she would eat it. It’s nice to spend some time, like, cooking as a family. I like cooking with dad because he makes everything fun. Often children need to be shown food a few times, so if you introduce the food to a child,
talk to your child about that food, then they’re much more likely to want to eat it if they’re
a bit more familiar with it. They are quite fussy; they’d still rather
have the nuggets and chips than the vegetables. I tend to put it on the plate now and just
sort of say, “Right, try this,” or we’ve tried food tasting where we all try the one food. The most important thing, you won’t get ill and you’ll just get healthier and stronger. It’s important to remember that fresh, frozen, dried and tinned and juiced fruit and vegetables
all count towards your five a day, so simple ideas like adding some vegetables to curries
and casseroles, also by putting vegetable toppings onto pizzas, so slicing out peppers
and adding sweet corn to a pizza is a great way to get fruit and veg. When choosing food
for children, it’s really important to check the label so that you can choose those options
that are lower in fat – saturated fat – salt and sugars, when you can. We’re meant to enjoy food. You know, food’s meant to be one of life’s pleasures and if
you’re constantly banning things and saying, you can’t have this food or that food, that
can actually be really not helpful later on, so it’s about a calm, sensible, laid-back
approach to healthy eating. Offer the healthy choices, but don’t get into one
of these really obsessive things about it.

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