For preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, the meals may be small but there are big lessons to learn about lifelong healthy dining habits.
It may sound counterintuitive, but if you'd like to help your child become a better eater invite one of their friends to dinner.
Research shows that family meals promote healthier eating – more fruits, vegetables and fiber; less fried food; often fewer calories. And they do far more than put healthful food on the table.
Every parent of a young child has been through the pain of a picky eating phase. Between the ages of one and 3, they are expressing independence about everything, including food.
Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.
Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.
To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.
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