Having healthy children is all about balance, starting with developing healthy habits. This is when your kids learn proper lessons so that even as they get older, they still stay true to these healthy habits they developed when they were younger.
Put Together Colorful Meals
Eating healthy is an important habit for your family, especially kids who are just learning what being healthy means, but it isn’t always to have balanced meals and snacks. To make sure you have enough of each important nutrient and teach your kids important food lessons at the same time, aim for being more colorful with your meals. Add some vibrancy and a rainbow of colors to meals, which often means getting plenty of veggies. If you are making eggs for breakfast, add some bell peppers and spinach to the eggs, and suddenly they are much healthier, but still taste creamy and cheesy just like the kids like. Try to get more color into every meal your kids eat during the day.
Promote Regular Exercise
The next thing you need to focus on is physical activity. Do everything you can to encourage your kids to get into the habit of exercising more often. This can be anything from turning off the computer and TV and going for a walk after dinner, getting an indoor trampoline for screen time, or taking the dogs for a walk. Instead of staying indoors for the weekend, use that time to get out and go to the beach, go hiking, or ride your bicycles together. Participate in various activities around your community and get them used to moving their body and not being couch potatoes.
Never Skip Meals
Part of being healthy and focusing on nutrition is also eating enough, not just eating the right foods. You don’t want to get into the bad habit of skipping meals, even on busy mornings. If your kids usually don’t have time for breakfast before school, prepare them something healthy they can bring on the bus with them, or at least make smoothies and put them in to-go cups for the ride to school in the morning.
Setting a good example by being healthy yourself will also help your kids to learn healthy habits along the way. From going to the dentist and taking care of yourself, to eating right and exercising, there are a lot of excellent healthy habits you can show them.