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How to Get Your Children to Eat Healthier

How to Get Your Children to Eat Healthier

Parents and children today often lead very hectic lives. As a result, parents often lack the time to prepare healthy and nutritious home-cooked meals, and children must subsist on school lunches, fast food, and take-out meals. Many popular children’s snacks and food items contain harmful ingredients or lack basic nutrients which are essential for a child’s proper growth and development. In fact, a recent study from Purdue University found that the standard American child’s diet is deficient in many essential vitamins and nutrients as fiber and potassium, but overloaded with sodium, sugar, and saturated fats. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently reported that artificial food colorings, additives, and even food packaging may be harmful for children.

If you have children, you should carefully consider the impacts of nutrition and diet upon their health and well-being. Short-term choices may have long-term consequences; for example, if your children develop unhealthy eating habits, those habits may continue into their adulthood, making them susceptible to various chronic diseases and illnesses. Similarly, encouraging your children to make healthy dietary choices, while providing them with the means to do so, may leave them reaping the rewards of good health for years to come.

As a parent, you can take steps to ensure that your children eat healthier and make more informed choices about their food.

Here are some suggestions to help your children improve their dietary preferences and habits:

  1. Involve your children in the process. Invite them to go grocery shopping with you so that they can choose food items and help plan the family’s meals. Encourage them to look at product labels to find out what nutritional value a food item has; as well as how many calories it contains per serving.
  2. Replace certain food items with healthier alternatives. Change from whole milk to low-fat milk. Instead of using butter for cooking recipes, try using olive oil. Replace soda with flavored sparkling water. Small substitutions can make a big difference.
  3. Limit your children’s sugar intake. Use less sugar than called for when cooking from recipes at home. Avoid banning sweets and candy from their diet altogether but try to replace them with fruits and other sweet-but-nutritious items such as honey.
  4. Take an active role in your children’s dietary habits and nutrition. Try to cook or prepare healthy meals for your children at home whenever possible. Set a good example of eating a balanced diet yourself. If your children are in school, consider preparing healthy lunches for your children in advance, so that they are less likely to rely on the school cafeteria or fast food for lunch. Set reasonable standards and explain to your child the benefits of eating healthier.
  5. Seek professional nutritional advice. SAMI-Aid can connect you with a professional nutritionist, dietitian, or health coach to develop a feasible plan for healthy eating for your whole family. SAMI-Aid’s health professionals can assess your current health profile and that of each family member, then provide invaluable guidance and practical advice on improving your health.  

Through SAMI-Aid, you can finally create the perfect master plan for proper exercise, diet, and nutrition. A SAMI-Aid membership grants access to many services—including discounted telemedicine visits with family doctors, pediatricians, and dietitians—all for only $54.99 per call! SAMI-Aid believes that health is priceless and that it should be affordable and accessible for all.


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