Is your busy schedule causing you to fall behind on healthy eating? Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition information movement focused on the importance of making smart food choices and developing healthy eating. This month is a great time to reset your family’s eating habits and cut any bad behavior. Read below for some helpful nutrition tips that you can adopt with your family:
- Keep your kitchen stocked with fruit, veggies, whole grains and low-fat milk products. Click here to learn more about what foods are best for healthy teeth.
- Mix up your family’s meal plan with different fruits, vegetables and protein sources.
- If challenged by picky eaters, focus on the healthy snacks that your kids enjoy instead of pressuring them to eat foods they may not like. This will help reinforce positive attitudes towards healthy foods.
- Don’t keep any “junk food” in the home. To reward your kids with a “treat”, go out for frozen yogurt every so often.
- Make sure your kids are eating healthy portions. Separate foods in snack size bags for them to easily grab after school or on-the-go.
- Watch for signs indicating that your child is full if they can’t communicate that to you verbally. Forcing children to finish all the food on their plate can encourage overeating. If you are unsure of how much to feed a toddler, provide one tablespoon of food for every year of age. You can serve small helpings until your child asks for more.
- Don’t let a busy schedule prevent your family from eating well. “Meal prep” at the beginning of the week and pack meals for family members who may not make in home in time to eat.
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