In America, with food being more abundant than ever, families are finding it harder to find ways to put healthy food into their child's diet. Many parents are trying to prepare healthy meals for their children at home while simultaneously trying to watch what they eat. While one mother might be able to whip up a great recipe, another may have to settle for store bought frozen foods. If you are one of those moms who is struggling with putting healthy foods into your child's diet, it might be time to consider trying home cooked food.
Encourage your children to include more fruits and vegetables in their snacks and help to lay the groundwork for a lifelong of healthy eating habits, starting at an early age. The book Natural Baby Food, found out that childhood obesity is more prevalent in households that include food addicts, who use store bought products to satisfy their cravings. The author, Lisa Olson, discovered that healthy eating habits begin in childhood and continue into adulthood.
You can start by keeping track of your child's snacking habits by using a notebook and post it in the kitchen or dining area. Ask them to write down everything that they snack on for the day. If there is a particular type of food that they consistently snack on, ask them why they snack on that type of food. Once you have identified the type of food that they snack on, it will be easier to teach them about healthy eating habits and introduce them to healthier foods. Your children's eating habits can be the key to preventing them from developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems