ABCs of Healthy Eating for Australian Children
Food is something we need to survive, and so it is essential that we eat with care and thoughtfulness. When we teach our children about healthy eating, we set them up for life.
A is for Apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor away – eating at least two servings of fruit a day will keep your child energised and ready to take on the world.
B is for Breakfast
Breakfast is a very important meal, and eating healthy means eating breakfast. If your mornings are a rush, you can even prepare something the night before. Good breakfast ideas include oats, toast, fruit, yoghurt and cereal.
C is for Carrots and Celery
Vegetables are packed full of vitamins, minerals and health. You may find that serving your child with a plate of raw carrots and celery will result in a grouchy expression, so instead, mix it up. Pair vegetables with healthy dip options such as carrots with hummus, celery and peanut butter, cucumber with Tzatziki, etc.
D is for Drinking Water
What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Stay away from sugary drinks, especially sodas. Instead, go for water. Make sure your child is drinking adequate water based on their level of activity, age, food consumption and weight.
E is for Exercise
Eat fit, and stay fit. Physical exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Australian doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise per day for children.
F is for Fun
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and repetitive. There are several things you can do to make sure that everything goes smoothly and the healthy diet is easier to stick with.
Mix It Up
Australia is a global society, with many different diets and cultures available. Take advantage of this! Introduce your child to a variety of foods: Mexican, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, French… If it’s out there, why not give it a try?
Don’t Skip Dessert
Healthy eating doesn’t mean never eating sugar – it just means opting for healthier. Children are children, after all, and having some chocolate or ice cream every now and then never hurt anyone.
You can even make your own healthy desserts, if you have the desire. There are many raw or vegan recipes that have high health ratings: raw brownies, vegan cupcakes, healthy cheesecakes.
Desserts don’t have to be raw or vegan to be healthy. You can make fruit jelly, your own smoothies, and even your own ice cream if you have a processor. Your children will love it, and you’ll know that it was good for them too.
Let Them Join In
Give your kids some free reign. If they want fish and chips, show them how to make a healthy alternative. If they want chocolate, direct them to the healthy options. This way, they will feel included, and won’t binge in secret when you close the door.
Teaching your child to make healthy meals with you in the kitchen will form a strong foundation for their dietary habits. Plus, cooking in the kitchen as a family is fun and creates a strong bond.
Start Your Child’s Early Education
Eating healthy is a great way to improve your child’s health, but if you’d like some help with it, feel free to give us a call. At Hamersley Early Learning School, we understand healthy eating for children and actively encourage it. For more information on us, and the programs we offer, call us on (08) 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.