As a parent, it’s your duty to take care of your child’s health. Part of this means taking care of the cooking and food preparation in your household. The foods that growing children eat need to be healthy and well-balanced. Your children should be getting all of their daily nutrients and vitamins through their food, and if they are not getting enough nutrients and vitamins through their food, you should be giving them dietary supplements to supplement these essentials. Use the following guidelines to make sure that your child stays healthy year-round through the food that they eat at home.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables should make up most of your children’s diets. Vegetables should be eaten more than fruits in general. Fruits make great desserts. You can find ways to incorporate vegetables into your children’s diets in tasty side dishes, salads, wraps and even through fruit-based shakes that have vegetables hidden in them.
Protein and Calcium
Protein and calcium are also essential for your child’s diet. Protein should be lean. You should avoid red meat when possible. Fish is great because it incorporates omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are helpful for brain and cardiovascular health. Lean chicken and turkey is also good for sources of protein. For calcium, be sure that your children are eating and drinking an adequate amount of cheese and milk each day.
What to Do About Sweets
Aside from these nutrition essentials, your children are going to want sweets at least some of the time. That’s just the way it is. They’ll get ice cream, cookies and other goodies at their friends’ houses or at school. As a parent, you should limit these foods at home. But it’s okay to eat some of these things in moderation. Saving them for special occasions is the best idea.
Finally, it’s important to state again that if you are not sure that your child is getting enough nutrients and vitamins from their food alone, you should get them a children’s daily multivitamin to supplement their essential nutrients. Children’s vitamins are readily available at most grocery stores and pharmacies.