Nanny To The Rescue: How Can I Help My Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits?

Our in-house nanny answers your baby, toddler and preschooler questions…

Q: My 5 and 3-year-olds love and prefer sugary treats which I must admit I contributed largely to. How can I start helping them develop healthy eating habits?

Have routine meal times and eat together as a family putting these into consistent practice:

Instead Of: Fill Up On:
Fried and processed foods Fresh fruits and vegetables
White breads, desserts Whole grains, wheat breads and cereals
Meats high in fat Lean meats, poultry and legumes such as beans, peas and lentils
High-fat ice cream, butter, cheese or whole milk Low-fat, skimmed or non-fat dairy products
Sweetened and caffeinated drinks Water, unsweetened and decaffeinated drinks
Highly salted canned and processed foods Fresh foods with herbs and spices

 

Do Not: Instead:
Use sweets or food treats to reward good behaviour Offer affection and time to enjoy special activities with you
Make children empty their plates Help them learn to eat only when hungry and stop when satisfied
Eliminate all sweets and favourite snacks Teach them to exercise self-control by enjoying treats in moderation
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