Instilling these healthy eating habits in your children will ensure they develop into healthy adults.
Drink water – Make water the drink of choice at meal times, and keep juice and other sweet drinks as ‘sometimes’ food, not ‘everyday’ food.
Eat breakfast – Even if it’s just a banana and a glass of milk, teach your children that some food in their stomach in the morning kick-starts the body, making it easier to be healthy, happy and full of lasting energy throughout the day.
Eat slowly – It takes about 20 minutes for the message that they are full to get from their stomachs to their brains.
Sit at the table to eat – There’s a time to play, a time to work, a time to rest and a time to eat. It not only reduces snacking, it also teaches social skills, such as table manners, how to use cutlery and how to wait your turn to talk.
Choose healthy snacks – Stock your house with healthier snacks like fruit, air-popped popcorn, unsalted nuts and yoghurt.