Good nutrition means healthy eating so children grow strong physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. As parents and teachers, we can help your children build healthy eating habits. Healthy eating gives children the energy they need to play, think, and grow. Super Luper Kids is USDA approved.
- Serve toppings and condiments that are low in fat, such as mustard and ketchup.
- Serve lean meats: Fish, lean beef cuts, skinless chicken, and turkey.
- Use fat-free cooking methods like baking, broiling, grilling, poaching, roasting or steaming.
- Read nutrition labels to make healthy decisions.
- Carbohydrates provide energy. Fats help growth and provide energy. Protein helps growth and brain development.
- Foods labeled "reduced-fat" may have high amounts of sugar.
- If a child eats a diet based on the Food Guide Pyramid, he/she will get the vitamins needed to be healthy. Give your child vitamins and supplements only if the pediatrician recommends doing so.
- Children should eat three full meals and two to three snacks every day. When a child becomes a toddler, her appetite often decreases. Try serving smaller amounts. If he/she wants more, offer a second serving. Do not force him/her to eat food.
- Children should have at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
- Limit the amount of time children spend doing activities that do not require physical movement like watching television, using the computer, and playing video games.
- Because of funding, some schools are not able to offer recommended amounts of physical education. Some alternative ways for children to exercise are dancing, jumping rope, riding a tricycle, swimming, taking walks, playing tag, etc.
Healthy eating begins with healthy shopping. Buy foods and cooking ingredients that are healthy.
Eating breakfast every morning can help children concentrate, have more energy, and feel good.
Children's early eating experiences affect their future eating habits.
For children younger than two years old, do not restrict fat or calories unless the doctor says to.
Be a good example by eating healthfully yourself.
When introducing new food to your child, start with a small serving and offer more if he asks.