Healthy Eating Habits For Children | Food Pyramid for Children

Parents have many different responsiblities, all with equal importance. A parent must teach their child manners and proper social skills; a parent is ultimately responsible for a child’s education and mental development; and, a parent is responsible for a child’s physical well-being. The best way to care for a child physically is to teach him or her good habits of healthy eating at a very early age. By partnering with your child in an attempt to eat a more healthy diet, you guarantee that good habits will be learned instead of bad, dangerous and destructive eating habits.

Healthy Eating Habits for Children
Conveniently, healthy eating habits for children are very similar in nature and in principle to healthy eating habits for adults. Of course, children’s bodies are still developing, so there is naturally less concern for weight loss and obesity; however, the principles for losing weight and the principles for maintaining a healthy weight share many things in common.

If you are struggling to teach your children how to eat healthy foods, you may wish to try playing games with them like the food pyramid game. Children love the food pyramid and it is an excellent way to teach your child the importance of a balanced diet. The food pyramid breaks the ideal human diet down into several different sections, each section represents a different food group:

  • Grains: six to eleven servings daily
  • Vegetables: four to six servings daily
  • Fruits: three to five servings daily
  • Dairy: two to three servings daily
  • Meat and Protein: two to three servings daily
  • Sweets and Snacks: less than two servings daily

Children can easily grasp these basic food groups, and you can help them practice at a very early age identifying what foods belong to which food groups. This way, your child can take control of his or her eating habits. Your child can carefully consider whether or not he or she has had the suggested servings of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy or protein for that day. Help your child to know which foods are healthy and which are destructive.

Food Pyramid Children
Children with a general understanding of the food pyramid have been proven to have positive and beneficial healthy eating habits at a very young age. Of course, complicated subjects such as the balance between protein and carbohydrates and the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates must be managed by the parents until the child is older. It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure the child has access to plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as healthy whole grains, lean protein sources, and low-fat dairy options. A child cannot visit the store; ultimately, the quality of a child’s diet depends on what is made available to him or her. Stock your pantry with healthy options and empower your child to choose those options!

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