Improving Health In Children Through Proper Nutrition
It goes without saying that raising children is among the biggest responsibilities any of us will ever face in life. Naturally, we want them to grow up to be as healthy as possible. Since all of us are what we eat, nutrition is going to be the key when it comes to helping your kids form good habits and stay healthy over the years.
Let’s take a closer look at how we can make sure our little ones have everything they need to be their healthiest, happiest selves, both now and in the future.
Keep diets varied but balanced
Little growing bodies need access to many different foods in order to be their very best. This means making sure to not only feed your children nutritious, wholesome foods, but to feed them a wide variety of different foods as well.
Teach your children to prefer healthful, wholesome options right from day one – lean proteins like chicken breast and fish instead of processed chicken nuggets and fast food, fresh fruits and vegetables instead of candy and chips. Dairy products and plenty of whole grains for energy are also musts.
Always serve your children breakfast
It’s true what they say – that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Ensure that your children go to bed at regular times each day, get a good night’s sleep, and then start each day with a wholesome, healthy breakfast. This gives children the fuel they need to concentrate in school and sustain themselves throughout their morning.
It’s also recommended that you make breakfast a family affair. Set a good example for your children by letting them see you eat breakfast as well. Also, make sure that the foods served are healthful. Nix the doughnuts, sugary cereals, and pastries in favor of fruit, whole grain toast, whole grain cereal with milk, or eggs.
Be mindful of what your children are eating for lunch
Healthy, kid-friendly lunch suggestions include homemade sandwiches with lean meats, cheese, and greens; crackers with hummus, fruit, vegetables, or sliced cheese; and nuts. Go easy on chips, cookies, processed foods, soft drinks, and processed meats if you serve them at all.
Teach your children about peer pressure
No matter how well you feed your children when they’re at home, it’s important not to underestimate the power of peer pressure. Not every parent will be feeding their child as healthfully as you feed yours, so your children will definitely feel pressure to eat “trendy”, less healthy foods sooner or later.
Try limiting the amount of spending money your children are allowed to carry when away from home. This will limit the extent to which your children purchase and indulge in candy, fast food, and junk food when they’re away from home or out with their friends. Also, it’s not enough to simply feed your children healthful foods. It’s important to educate them as to why your family eats a certain way and makes certain choices.
Add supplemental support to your child’s diet
No matter how thorough you are when it comes to organizing your child’s diet, experts agree that most children could benefit from the addition of supplements to their diet. A good children’s multivitamin is a must. However, you may also want to consider some of the following all-natural options as well.
– Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish or krill are just as beneficial to children as they are adults. Try adding a children’s formula to your little one’s diet, especially if he or she isn’t a fan of fish dishes. Take a look at our Nutra-Life Omega Smart Bites which are specially suited for children.
– Sleep Drops Essential for Sleep: If your child has trouble settling down at night, these all-natural sleep drops may be just what the doctor ordered.
– Probiotics: Probiotic supplements such as Radiance Kids Probiotic are a great way to support digestive health in children as well as boosting probiotic numbers in the intestine, especially for kids who have taken antibiotics or have digestive complaints.
– Manuka Honey: Adding Manuka honey to their diet provides your child’s system with access to powerful anti-bacterial compounds that keep colds, flu, and infections at bay.
Making sure your child grows up healthy and strong is simply a matter of making smart, sensible decisions right from day one. Look for ways you can do this for your little ones today!