Tip of the Day
Kids Eat Right, Their Way, Every Day
Parents and care givers supply the three W's of children's meals and snacks: What, When and Where. In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are some ideas to make sure children "Eat Right, Their Way, Every Day":
- Children learn from role models. Eat together as a family and set a good example yourself by eating a variety of healthy foods.
- Respect your child's food preferences. Give kids the freedom to choose and reject foods. Everyone has different tastes, including small children.
- Avoid treating any foods as forbidden. That may cause your child to want to eat them even more.
- Get your child involved in making the meal. Even young kids can help make salads or shake seasoning on vegetables. Children may be more excited to try something new if they helped prepare it.
To learn more about feeding your kids right, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit www.kidseatright.org.
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Reviewed January 2013