Good Nutrition and fitness for kids
CHILD’S GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Child’s growth and development is based on the proper nutrition for children at different ages. Every child needs specific nutrients, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fats. And that every mother must have the optimum desire to establish the highest consideration to the good nutrition and fitness for kids.
So what’s the best formula for basic healthy nutrition for kids? Giving your child a balanced diet ensures the kid’s health and fitness. It also helps kids to learn and develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. A healthy lifestyle needs to start with the parents by teaching health and nutrition to their children. Introduce your child healthy eating habits and well-balanced meals and snacks. In preparing food for your kids, make sure his meal has the right balance of fats, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that can promote growth and development. You should include foods from the three major food groups daily:
Cereals, grains, rice, potatoes, bread, pasta belongs to the GO Food Group that energizes the body.
Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs belong to the GROW foods group which helps the body in building and repairing muscles.
Vegetables, fruits, dairy products such as milk and cheese that belongs to the GLOW food group which helps the body to work well.
By promoting good nutrition, you can establish good nutritional habits to your child’s health. However, there is a recent study found that about 65% to 70% of toddlers ate dessert and drank sweetened beverages every day. Your child needs a certain amount of calories to grow and develop but if he takes more calories in the desired amount that his body needs that will result to fats and damaging to your child’s health. Also, it’s much easier to maintain a healthy weight than it is to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight is more likely to stay a healthy adult.
Teaching and encouraging healthy eating habits you are giving your child important tools for a lifetime healthy living. Some tips to remember:
Eat a lot of healthy foods every day and try other cooking methods such as boiling, steaming and broiling to minimize frying.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits every day to get the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber to promote body processes.
Consume fish, lean meat, poultry, eggs or nuts daily for growth and development of body tissues.
Drink milk, and other calcium-rich foods every day for healthy bones and teeth.
Limit intake of sweetened beverages for your kids.