You child's healthy eating habits will determine their eating habits and their health in their future also. Thus, creating an environment where your kids can make healthy nutritional choices is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health of your child. By fostering a supportive environment, you and your family can develop a positive relationship with healthy food.
Here are three things you can do to ensure that they will develop good eating habits:
Make a schedule. Children need to eat every three to four hours: three meals, two snacks, and lots of fluids. If you plan for these, your child's diet will be much more balanced and he'll be less cranky, because he won't be famished. Also if a child expects dinner at 8pm, he wont get cranky beforehand.
Plan dinners. Start with two or three days at a time. A good dinner doesn't have to be fancy, but it should be balanced: whole-grain bread, rice, or pasta; a fruit or a vegetable; and a protein source like lean meat, cheese, or beans. I often make simple entree soups or Mexican chili ahead of time and then freeze it; at dinnertime, I heat it up and add whole-grain bread and a bowl of cut-up apples or melon to round out the meal.
Dip it. If your kids won't eat vegetables, experiment with dips. Kathleen tried her first vegetable when I served her a thinly cut carrot with some ranch salad dressing. My children also like hummus, salsa, and yogurt-based dressing.