Simple Ideas to Help You Raise Healthy Kids

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Every parent knows that raising kids is difficult at times. Raising healthy kids can be even more difficult. However, as a parent, it’s your responsibility to teach your children healthy habits that they can build upon as they grow up and eventually begin to live on their own. After all, the habits healthy kids develop when they’re young will follow them through their adult life.

Get Your Kids Involved With Their Food

Studies show that kids who are involved in preparing food learn more about proper nutrition than kids who just eat whatever their parents put on their plate. Having your kids involved in the food preparation process can also result in kids trying healthy foods that they might otherwise not want to eat – foods like fresh vegetables, fish and berries. Raising kids to be healthy and to understand the food they’re putting in their bodies is important.

Of course, you don’t want your kids cooking meals, but you can ask them to pick pre-chopped veggies for a salad or pick a vegetable side dish that you’ll prepare. Older kids can help with preparing dinner by cutting vegetables, but even younger kids can help you stir ingredients.

Keep Healthy Snacks Readily Available

If you want to have healthy kids, you need to make sure you have healthy snacks around the house. For most kids, snacks play a big part in the total calories they consume for the day since many kids don’t sit still for very long or are never hungry for larger meals. Healthy snack options include basic items like fresh fruit and sliced vegetables. Kids can also benefit from low-fat cheese, yogurt and lean protein sources like sliced chicken or turkey at snack time.

Giving your kids treats from time to time as snacks are fine, but foods like potato chips shouldn’t become the food your child expects come snack time.

Exercises with Your Kids 

Children often mimic their parents’ behavior, so if you sit on the couch with a bowl of ice cream instead of getting outside to do something healthy, your kids will think that’s normal, and that’s what they’ll want to do. That’s why it’s important to take your child outside and to exercise with them – to lead by example. You don’t have to do strenuous exercises, and you may not even be able to do your normal workout with your child. Simple things like calisthenics, taking a walk around the park or going for a swim in the summer are all excellent options. Doing these things regularly will make sure you are raising kids that will have good exercise habits as adults.

 

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