Sometimes as a parent of young children you will find yourself feeling a little busy and overwhelmed. However, this isn’t something that should prevent you from being consistent with the healthy living goals that you have set for your family. In fact, no matter how busy and on the go you are, you can still ensure that the little ones stay as healthy as possible. Read on to find out how.
If the old adage, “You are what you eat” is to be believed, then there is nothing more important to your child’s health than the diet they consume. So, how can you ensure that they are eating a balanced, healthy diet on a day to day basis, even though there is so much going on in life?
Well, first of all, it’s vital that you as their parent commit to providing a healthy diet for them from when they are small. This should include balanced meals, as they start to wean, that consist of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
It is also vital that you commit to teaching the kids where their food comes from, and how to prepare healthy meals when they are older.
Of course, it’s very easy to talk about this, but much harder to carry it out in practice. Especially if you are surviving on three hours sleep a night and working 9-5 to boot. That is where having some smart, healthy eating hacks come in because healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated or even time-consuming.
Fruits and vegetables
Remember some of the healthiest foods for babies are kids are simple purees of vegetables and fruits that can be whipped up in minutes. You can even use products like Happytot that provide sealed pouches that can easily be placed into your bag without any leaks or mess to feed the kids when you are on the go. Also, things like these can be a real lifesaver, when you want something quick and healthy that is ready made at home too.
As the kids get a little older, it’s even easier because you won’t even need to puree the food. Just ensure that you pack raw fruit and veg along with others items for a picnic lunch and snacks when you are out for the day, or for their school lunches when they reach that age.
Something else that can be very useful in keeping up your commitment to feeding the kids in a healthy way, even when you are busy, or out and about, is scoping out the restaurant options of places before you arrive. By doing this, you can work out which establishments have the most nutritionally sound options. Making healthy choices easier for your family to make.
Although, do remember that the occasional treat meal or ‘naughty’ item is also something that should be included in a healthy balanced diet. As to create a healthy and balanced attitude towards eating no food should be off limits. In fact, kids should be encouraged to make their own choices based on their body’s needs, rather than an externally enforced view of what they should eat, wherever possible