Basic Nutrition for School Kids

As a parent, you know that a healthy diet is one of the best things you can provide your child.  Making sure your child eats well EVERY DAY is vital to their well being.  That’s why I recommend the following:

  1. Feed your children breakfast everyday.  Whether it’s leftovers  or simply a yogurt or whole wheat toast with butter, kids need nutrition to start them off right.
  2. Ditch the white bread! Start them with whole wheat or multi-grain breads and never look back.
  3. Give them a daily multivitamin with minerals. This does not make up for a poor diet – it merely supplements any diet.
  4. Demonstrate good eating habits.  Kids look to moms & dads as role models. This means you need to eat whole grains,  fruits & vegetables.
  5. Don’t let your children drink sugary drinks. They don’t need the calories and their teeth don’t need the “sugar bath.”

Now some more nitty gritty about childhood nutrition …

Kids typically get enough calories but do not get enough fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium.  To correct that, they should do the following:

–Eat whole grains. (I can’t stress this enough!)
–Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Potatoes count, but french fries and
ketchup do not!!
–Eat nuts and seeds. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds … they’re all great, so go nuts!
–Drink lowfat or skim milk. If your child doesn’t like milk, try soy milk or calcium-fortified orange juice. All are good sources of calcium.

If you can start these habits young, your children WILL thank you for it later (believe it or not!!)

About Susan Greeley
Helping others achieve optimal health through good nutrition and lifestyle, Susan Greeley promotes wellness through diets rich in healthy, wholesome foods. She counsels clients in her own private nutrition practice and works as the staff nutritionist for a YMCA.

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