Does Your Diet or Your Children’s Diet Need a Healthy Makeover?
How do we get our children to eat a healthy well balanced diet and actually enjoy it? Well, the answer is simple! It starts at home in the kitchen. Here are helpful tips on how to get children started onto a healthy lifestyle.
According to an article at recordnet.com, “Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for the Whole Family”
“The best place to begin a routine is at home,” Ronk-Petrosky said. “Parents are role models. They need to set the example and lead by that example.” She recommends families discuss meals and exercise routines that have or have not worked for everyone in the past. “When the entire family is involved in the planning process, they are more likely to be motivated to participate,” she said.
Together, create a healthy menu as a family on a weekly basis so you only have to go shopping once. Not only does this save time, it also saves money. Ronk-Petrosky suggests taking the kids shopping with you because it provides an opportunity to teach them about healthy food options and keeping them involved in the planning. To make it fun, give each child a grocery list of their own to look for in the store. Make it a race to see who can finish faster. Once you get home, keep them involved by helping you put things away or preparing for the week.
“We all know that after a long day, the last thing that we want to do is make dinner,” Ronk-Petrosky said. She suggests doing a lot of your meal prep on the weekend. “This will save time and reduce the likelihood of your making unhealthy food choices. Meals prepped beforehand can last in the fridge for four days and meals that are frozen can last up to two months.”
A healthy lunch should have a balance of fruits, vegetables and proteins so a child, or you, can function throughout the day without crashing. Preparing it the night before avoids that mad dash to get it done in the morning.” To read the entire article click here.