You want your child to eat healthy foods, but do you know which nutrients are necessary and in what amounts? Improving your child’s diet does not have to be an impossible task. Little changes add up to big nutritional gains. Nutrition for children is a based on the same principles as that of adults. Everyone needs vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Children, however, need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages.
There are some basic rules you need to follow while thinking about a balanced diet for children. First of all, do not allow junk food in the house. Your first line of defense starts at the grocery store. Don’t get distracted by the tempting treats in the market. Buy healthy snacks to keep at home and save the junk for when you are out and can’t avoid it. Secondly, parents greatly underestimate the number of calories and sugar in what their children are drinking. Did you know that one can of soda contain 10 teaspoons of sugar?! Be judicious in selecting what your children drink. Next is the portion size of food served for them. Many children gain weight by eating too much healthy food. Remember, all food has calories and if you eat too many of it, you will gain weight. Be sure to serve your children appropriate portions of their meal.
This video deals with balanced diet for children of all ages. We need to ensure that they eat from all food groups so that they receive all nutrition for an all-round growth.