Making your child eat nutritious food can be an uphill battle. With the hectic schedules of working parents of this generation, kids’ diets are often built around take-outs. Exposure to take-outs and packaged food can also cause an aversion to home-cooked meals or vegetables in children. Switching to healthier food choices and cooking at home can have a significant impact on your child’s health and well-being. It can improve your child’s mood, prevent depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder and also contribute to the healthy development of the brain and other organs. While talking about child nutrition, it is difficult not to mention the effects of social media on the eating habits of developing children. Early exposure to social media platforms such as Instagram is proven to have adverse effects on the mental health and eating habits of children as young as fourteen, proving to be a catalyst for developing eating disorders. Therefore, while trying to improve the eating habits of your children, it is also important to put a limit on daily social media usage in your home.
A balanced diet on a kid’s plate should be a unique mix of nutrients. The plate should have protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat enriched with vitamins and minerals. Healthy vegetables to add to your kid’s diet are carrots, broccoli, and tomatoes. Ensure your kids’ plate is filled with fruits of different colors. It is better to consume sliced fruits than fruit juices if you are adding sugar to them. You can also include whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, oats, whole wheat – instead of consuming bread, pizza, pasta, etc. When you consume less processed food, you decrease the amount of added sugar in your diet, which has a positive effect on the blood sugar levels in the long run. Snacking on nuts, seeds, milk, etc., is known to reduce hunger and keep your child feeling full with smaller portions.