Five Tips for Healthy Eating for Babies
1. Manage refrigerator cabinets well
Most parents are aware that food and nutrition affect their health, but refusing to purchase unhealthy foods may require better self-control. Don’t let your child be surrounded by fried food, pickled food, processed food, sweets, sugary drinks, etc., as these foods contain a large amount of fat, salt, sugar, and additives, which not only affect growth and development, but may also become a killer of your child’s health.
Think about it, how can a child resist temptation when the refrigerator and food cabinet are filled with candy, cookies, soda, and fast food?
Try to change the environment by placing fresh and natural healthy foods, such as low-fat fresh milk, low-sugar yogurt, low-fat bread, sweet potatoes, miscellaneous grain biscuits, whole wheat bread, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, so that children can naturally come into contact with fresh and natural ingredients, which becomes a habit, and over time, they can stay away from unhealthy foods.
2. Add creativity to food
Preparing healthy food requires a bit of creativity! If parents find a healthy diet monotonous, uninteresting, and not delicious, their children may also experience the same reaction. How can they make their children accept a healthy diet?
Parents can try changing the types, shapes, color combinations, cooking methods, and even the choice of tableware, which can have unexpected effects. In addition, children like to make their own decisions and involve them in food preparation and design, which can also improve food acceptance.
3. The dining atmosphere should be arranged
Some children run around during meal time, play with toys, and watch TV at the same time. In this case, not only does it disrupt the atmosphere of the meal, but the child also has no idea what they have eaten or how much they have eaten. This can easily lead to children not paying attention to the needs of meals and turning to snacks as the main focus.
After arranging appropriate meal times and fixed dining spaces, parents should insist on but not disrupt the atmosphere, require their children to follow the rules of dining, let them understand the importance of dining, and focus on finishing the meal.
Eating with family is a good learning situation, but the premise is to avoid criticizing or picky eating in front of children, so that children can learn good dining etiquette and imitate eating behavior. In the process of changing children’s behavior, remember not to use snacks as rewards or exchange conditions, such as giving a candy after eating, to avoid falling short and damaging the healthy food environment that has been established through hard work.
4. Parents put aside their preferences
The dietary issues of young children have always been a major concern for many parents when raising their children. If they can let go of the pressure and face it with a relaxed and correct attitude, they can avoid falling into a tense parent-child relationship.