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Healthy Eating Habits for life

There has been a significant amount of research that has consistently proven that if you instil the importance of healthy eating into your child from a young age, they will grow up to understand the importance of a balanced diet.

After all… if your little one stands any change of living a full, happy and healthy life, it’s vital that they understand the impact healthy eating choices will have on their health and quality of life.

 

But why is it so important to establish healthy eating habits in young children?

As adults, we all know that what we choose to put in our bodies can have a huge impact on our weight, mood and energy levels, right?

With this in mind, it’s important that as parents, you help your children to adopt healthy eating habits for life, especially after The Children’s Food Trust issued a report in December 2016 revealing how poorly children across the UK eat.

But that’s not all… the eye opening report also revealed the high sugar content of children’s diets and how difficult it is to lower these sugar habits once children are older as sugar is highly addictive.

In addition, the figures detailed in the report also revealed that in 2014/15, 12 per cent of children were obese by age three and 15 per cent were considered to be overweight in the UK, reinforcing the message that it is important to establish healthy eating patterns in babies and young children so that they can grow up to be healthy adults.

 

As parents, it’s your responsibility to take these messages seriously….

As parents you are in control of your children’s diets and it’s important that you introduce your children to a balanced diet from as soon as they are old enough to eat solid foots, as this will set the tone and pattern of their eating habits for life!

With this in mind, you should pay close attention to your child’s diet, ensuring that they have a balanced and healthy diet. For example, you should avoid giving them food that contains added sugar or salt, and introduce them to a wide variety of different foods.

Here at Finchley Preschool, we instil the importance of a balanced diet from a young age and believe in the benefits that come hand in hand with introducing your little ones to new and exciting tastes that meet your babies nutritional needs from as early as 6 months old.

Initially, we introduce your little ones to puree fruit and vegetables as part of the weaning process, and then we introduce a variety of tastes and textures, adding proteins such as meat, fish and chicken.

By the time your child is one year olds, they should be having three meals a day and should be eating food that is cut up into small pieces. It is also a good idea to let your baby join in with family mealtimes whenever possible so that they begin to learn that meal times are sociable times.