Good nutrition choices at an early age help children grow, develop, and succeed!
Back when I was in Texas, I volunteered with the local Junior League as the Chair of Community Projects (or something like that, can’t remember my exact title).
The AJLI initiated “Kids in the Kitchen” that year and I put together an event where we made snacks with kids and passed out information and freebies. We got tons of great information from various organizations and I will be posting a list of some helpful websites when I have a chance to verify they are all still working.
Here are the tips for healthy eating for pre-school and school-aged children I put together for the even.
When you make healthy food choices, you have more energy for school, sports, and other fun activities. Here are some guidelines to start making healthier choices now!
- Count Nutrients, Not Calories: Calories are our fuel. You do not want to starve your body of calories. Fill your body with the healthiest fuel available.
- Follow the Rainbow: Fresh foods in a variety of colors ensure that you are getting a range of nutrients.
- Shape Up: Cookie cutters make healthy foods more fun.
- Your serve: Pay attention to serving sizes. Most foods can be part of a healthy diet in small amounts.
- Spice it Up: Use cinnamon and other spices or lime instead of salt.
- Naturally Sweet: Sugars and heavy syrups are empty calories. Fruits, including dried fruits, are sweet and nutritious.
- Shake it Up: Prepare foods with a variety of shapes, colors and textures to appeal to all of your senses. Good conversation helps too! When we enjoy our food, we feel full.
- Pint-sized: Cut food into kid sizes to encourage enjoyment of healthy foods.
- Get Fresh: Purchase fresh foods instead of processed or frozen foods. A food sealer can preserve fresh foods. Even better, shop local produce to support nearby farms, promote eco-friendly practices, and get involved in food selection. If you cannot get fresh foods, frozen vegetables and fruits, without syrup or added ingredients, are closer to fresh than canned.