Good eating habits start early in your child’s life. Even during the baby & toddler years, you can start introducing your children to healthy, nutritious foods and practices.
-Offer healthy snacks to your toddler – cheese cubes, sliced banana, whole grain crackers 2-3 times per day. For preschoolers, keep your kitchen stocked with healthy snacks on their eye level – carrots, sliced apples, peanut butter, yogurt, or string cheese.
-Be patient – it may take 10-15 times of offering a food before your child will eat it.
-Give your child a choice between 2 healthy options – they will be more likely to eat it if they get to choose.
-Milk and water are the healthiest drink choices for your child at this age. Soda, juice, and sports drinks add extra calories and can be harmful to their teeth.
-Let your child help you in the kitchen. They will be more likely to try different foods if they help you prepare it.
Remember, you are your child’s biggest role model at this stage of life – encourage healthy habits by choosing nutritious food for yourself first!
For more information and encouragement with healthy nutrition habits for you or your child, text or call us at 501-779-8327 to set up an appointment.
-Courtney & Agnes
Condren Family Nutrition