When your children learn healthy eating habits at a young age, they are more likely to make healthy choices as adults. Here are some tips to help youngsters learn proper eating habits:
Do not eat in front of the TV. “Children are less likely to pay attention to when their stomach feels full and are more likely to overeat,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They could also develop the mindset that they must always eat or snack when watching TV.”
Plan healthy snacks. Children can become hungry between meals, which is why snacking can be incorporated into a healthy diet. Offer healthy foods most of the time, but cookies and chips are OK for the occasional indulgence.
Try to eat meals together as a family. Mealtime should be a pleasant opportunity to catch up with family members and establishes a routine eating schedule.