The old adage that “you are what you eat” applies to kids, too.
To help ensure that your youngster eats healthy, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:
- Fruits and veggies should fill half the child’s plate. Offer a variety of shapes and colors that make these healthy foods more appealing.
- Fill one-quarter of the child’s plate with protein. Consider different forms that are more appealing to kids, such as a salmon burger instead of a salmon fillet.
- Fill the remainder of the plate with whole grains. Mix whole grain rice or pasta with white versions that kids may be used to, and gradually substitute more whole grains.
- Offer water or low-fat milk as a beverage. Avoid sugary drinks.