How To Satisfy Your Child’s Nutrition Needs By Lou Hampers
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been trying to figure out how to feed your children healthy foods for years. It’s not easy! But I’m here to tell you that with a little bit of work, you can make sure they’re getting the nutrition they need. Here are some tips for making sure your child is well-nourished:
Encourage Your Child To Drink Milk
Milk is a good source of protein and calcium, as well as vitamins D and B12. It’s also rich in riboflavin, niacin (vitamin B3), phosphorus and potassium.
Milk contains iodine–a mineral that helps maintain thyroid function. A healthy thyroid gland produces hormones that control metabolism (the rate at which your body uses energy). If you’re not getting enough iodine through food or supplements, your body may produce too much or too little thyroid hormone. Either way can cause health problems such as weight gain or weight loss; fatigue; headaches; constipation; dry skin; hair loss or thinning hair on the scalp; depression
Choose Healthy Snacks
Healthy snacks are portable and easy to eat, as well as low in sugar and fat. They also avoid preservatives, artificial ingredients, sodium and calories.
- Fruit: Fresh fruit is a great choice for a healthy snack because it’s full of vitamins A and C which help fight off colds or other illnesses that could affect your child’s immune system. Fruit juice should be avoided because it contains too much sugar (which can lead to tooth decay) as well as artificial colors that may be harmful if ingested over time.*
- Nuts/seeds: These are high in protein so they’re good for building muscle mass.*
- Cheese: A little bit goes a long way when it comes to cheese — just make sure you choose varieties without added ingredients such as dyes or preservatives.*
Build A Family Dinner Tradition
The most important thing to do as a parent is to create a family dinner tradition, saysLou Hampers. This will help your child develop good eating habits, and it’s also an opportunity for you to spend time with them at the end of the day.
When you sit down together for dinner, make sure that everyone shares their thoughts about their day and lets others know what happened in their lives during the course of it. You should also teach your children how to cook so that they can prepare healthy meals on their own when they’re older (and so they don’t have as much money).
Limit The Amount Of Soda You Purchase And Offer Water Instead
As a parent, it’s important to make sure that your child gets a healthy amount of water each day. Water is an essential part of life and it offers many benefits for everyone. By limiting the amount of soda you purchase and offering water instead, children will be able to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Soda is full of sugar and calories that can cause weight gain over time if consumed regularly.Lou Hampers recommends drinking no more than 450 milligrams (mg) per day from all sweeteners combined; this is equivalent to 12 teaspoons or 36 grams (g). A 20-ounce bottle has about 220 mg in one serving — more than half of an adult’s daily allowance! Even though some juices are made with 100 percent fruit juice without added sugars or other sweeteners, they aren’t any better: One cup still contains about 50 mg per 8 ounces!