Great Habits For A Great Kid

The greatest contribution you can make as a parent for your child's proper development is to devote enough time to prepare healthy food. The results won't come overnight, especially with all those sweet and salty snacks, but if you apply the following recommendations you certainly won't be disappointed.

Shop for groceries together

Take your child with you when going to the supermarket or market. Thereby buy healthy and fresh products, in the same time explaining to the child why the product is healthy and beneficial to his overall health.

Children love to learn new things, even when they act indifferent they receive the information and remember it. With persistence and consistency a positive image of healthy food can be created.

Prepare meals together

You can let the children to participate in the preparation of some meals, which can be a fun and useful experience. That's how they will learn how food is prepared.

The table should be full of vegetables (in any form, but it's most recommendable to be fresh) for the child to develop a sense that they are a necessary part of every meal. Use essential fats through various types of crushed seeds, hazelnuts, almonds and cold pressed oils.

It is desirable that all members of the family consume healthy meals and often have lunch together, because the example for proper or improper diet always starts at home.

Small portions and more snacks

It is recommended for children to eat smaller portions of food and mandatory are the snacks of fruit, vegetables or dairy products (yogurt, yogurt, or kefir). Children as well as adults should have five meals a day, three of which are major, and the snacks make the other two meals.

Physical activity is a must!

Moderate and regular physical activity is an excellent preventive which will provide healthy physical and cognitive development for your child, improve the socialization qualities, get better night's sleep and burn more calories.

Take care of your child's physical activity and monitor its development. You can talk to the gym teacher how it progresses or with any other qualified person in order to be informed about additional activities besides those of the school's curriculum.

Restrain from sweet rewards

Avoid products with high glycemic index based on simple sugars.

Do not reward your children with sweets (e.g.: chocolate, cookies, cakes, lollipops, candy, and even some types of biscuits), sugary foods or sugary drinks (e.g.: cola-drinks, fruit juices, cold teas or fruit juice powders). This way you will make the sweet products a synonym for something good, a habit that would usually creep later through life, when they will reward themselves in the same way. Love for sugars is obtained with consuming sweet food. Consuming more sugars increases the need for them.

Fruits with all the fructose, vitamins, minerals and fiber they contain are the most beautiful and healthiest sweet snacks unlike the short satisfaction of the sweets. The honey and the barley malt syrup are also a great replacement for the simple sugars, but in some cases where necessary it's alright to add a bit of brown sugar.

Drink more fluids

Teach your child to drink water and freshly pressed fruit or vegetable juices. Water regulates the sense of hunger, and children because of their energetic activities, are more thirsty than hungry. So when a child asks to eat immediately after a meal, offer him a glass of water first, and then evaluate whether it is really hungry or thirsty.

Pressed juices not only contain many nutrients that promote the healthy development of your child, but they're also a better refreshing drink than their packaged replacement.

The above mentioned advices develop good habits, and even better health benefits for your child.

27 December 2012

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