Let’s face it – foods with little to no nutritional value are being geared towards kids and getting plenty of celebrity endorsements. Childhood obesity is a serious problem and children need space to play and healthy foods to help them grow. Establishing healthy habits in kids will help them understand the importance of nutrients and they’ll be more likely to pick up an apple instead of a bag of chips.
Lifestyle experts and dedicated moms Agatha Achindu and Camila Alves shared their three ‘Ps’ in this Huffington Post article that’ll help you jump start healthy habits as early as possible:
PLAY – Having your kids scampering around while you’re pulling a meal together can be an opportunity for them. Don’t shoo them away! It is a way for them to connect to the idea that good food is a big part of family life.
PREP – Advance prep is another key. When you have your kids in the kitchen, putting them to work and making it fun is essential! For instance, they can help you assemble nutritious, freezable ingredients to help make meal-time more efficient. Freezing is actually an under-appreciated at-home technique for staying ahead of the “what’s for dinner” question and keeping things fresh. Freezing can lock in nutrients, flavor and color.
PROVIDE – We love helping parents develop young palates and foster a love of healthy food. Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your children is provide a warm, loving atmosphere and celebrate simple, fresh food. Don’t be afraid to let them try a variety at a young age – go outside your comfortable zone or your “favorite flavors” zone. Your child may like certain vegetables that you don’t!
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