Childhood Nutrition

Just like adults, children perform their best when they eat a healthy, balanced diet. We would like to share with you some information excerpted from www.healthychildren.org about the best foods to help fuel our children for success. Educating our children about food is very important and is a practical life skill that will help them to learn care of self.

Eating for Good Health

“Consistently good nutrition, meal after meal, is a foundation for a healthy childhood.

In preparing foods high in nutritional value, build the family meals around selections like:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole-graincereals and bread
  • Low-fat or nonfat dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheeses
  • Lean and skinless meats including chicken, turkey, fish, and lean hamburger

The basics of good nutrition really aren’t that complicated. Portion sizes at this age should be less than that of an adult-sized serving.

During the middle years of childhood, there are plenty of obstacles that can trip up your well-intentioned efforts at keeping your family eating right. In the mornings, as you’re rushing to get your child off to school, are there days when he doesn’t have the time to sit down for a nourishing breakfast?

As a parent, part of your responsibility is to find solutions for any stumbling blocks that arise. Pack a healthy lunch for your child each day. You might prepare a turkey sandwich on multigrain or pita bread. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is fine, too. Add a piece of fruit to your child’s lunch sack and perhaps a bag of pretzels. Pack a small water bottle for him.

Also remember that you’re a role model in this process, so make healthy food choices for yourself as well as the rest of the family. Even though children are busier than ever, make an effort to find time for family meals as often as possible. When all of you sit down at the dining room table together, it’s a perfect opportunity for every family member to describe his or her day and the family to grow closer.”

If you would like to read the entirety of this article, as well as information on many subjects to keep your children healthy, please visit HealthyChildren.org.

Invite your child to be a part of the meal-making process. Children are able to set the table, pack a lunch box and even help with some of the cooking or preparation. If they have taken part in these processes, they will feel so proud of the accomplishment and might also be willing to try some new foods!

Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence. – Dr. Maria Montessori