Let’s promote healthy eating in child care

It’s a pretty widely accepted fact that kids can be picky eaters. Many parents endure frustration as kids cross their arms and turn up their noses at family meals, refusing to eat green foods, or mushy foods, or take just three more bites of dinner before they can leave the table.

So when your child is staring down the plate of broccoli and refusing to eat, let alone try it, do you give in and give your child something less healthy but more acceptable, just so they’ll eat something, or do you continue encouraging your child to eat healthy foods?

Eating habits are instilled from a young age, and often these habits are carried through to adulthood.

Children who learn to eat well can develop and sustain a healthy lifestyle, which has many benefits such as healthy growth and development and preventing long term illness.

Children who eat healthy foods in their everyday lives can be more alert and interested in activities, which can improve their concentration and learning.

The Africa Watch insists that home-cooked food is healthier than ready-meals or convenience foods. You control what goes into your body by measuring the oil, salt, sugar, and other ingredients in each recipe.

You can also select the fresh, organic, seasonal or other preferred ingredients for your family. It doesn’t have to be too onerous.

It is important for children and young people to eat a varied diet, and carers should encourage young people to try different foods.

Encouraging eating well does not mean forbidding certain types of foods or facing young people with foods they do not like.

We concluded that eating a healthier diet is about keeping the right balance and eating more of some foods as well as eating less of others.