Most of you know that I have 4 kids and while I don’t pretend to be perfect on any front of parenthood, the subject of nutrition for our kids is one that I try to have a consistent message. We don’t prepare separate meals for our kids; they eat what we eat. And while we don’t force them to eat any specific items, they are encouraged to give them a try.
Despite what you might think, sweets/treats aren’t banned in our household, but they aren’t freely giving out either… As parents, we allow our children to enjoy ice cream, chocolate, etc…, but with limits and in moderation.
For those of you with kids of your own, you know that getting kids to eat certain kinds of foods can be…difficult at times. This is especially true when it comes to eating healthy foods like fruits & vegetables. However, as parents are the primary influence on our children and if we allow them to establish poor nutritional habits as children, there is a pretty good chance that those poor habits will continue into adulthood and potentially lead to health issues. However, if we encourage good nutritional habits early in life, they are far more likely to keep these habits throughout their life.
Real Food First
Ben Coomber and Jennifer Bulcock have put together an e-book that addresses to topic of nutrition for kids. In this e-book, they delve into some of the statistics that are concerning for our children as it relates to overall heath where nutrition plays a key role. The e-book also provides some great insight into the best approach for introducing new foods to your children and how to encourage them to simply eat better and not always expect a “treat” or “snack” as a reward.
Here is a quote from the “Nutrition for Kids” e-book (which you can download for free below) that I think is a great way to approach nutrition, regardless of age.
“The most important thing which we want to say throughout this book is that ‘Real Food’ should be the absolute first priority when it comes to nutritional intake of a child – or of anyone for that matter.”
Nutrition for Kids
I highly recommend that you check out the video below to give you some background on why we need to put more emphasis on the nutrition that we are providing to our children. Educating yourself on this subject is the first step in the process, so I encourage you to grab the free e-book, read it and begin to incorporate some of the concepts that are discussed.
Nutrition for Kids – What’s Inside?
Looking at the contents below, you may think that the e-book is going to take you awhile to get through, but actually it is a really quick read at just 30 pages. The books is broken up nicely into logical sections based different age groups of your child(ren), which makes it helpful to get to a section that is most applicable to you (though I do recommend that you read all of the book).
- The Early Years and Weaning
- Primary School Age
- Why Real Food?
- So What Are The Benefits of Eating Real Food?
- Lean Protein Sources
- Protein and Fat Sources
- Carbohydrate Sources
- How To Read Food Labels and Buy Food
- Mastering The Supermarket Shop: Writing a list
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