The Healthy Kids Diet is a program mean to help parents and guardians of children to promote proper weight maintenance throughout a child’s life by learning simple nutrition guidelines at an early age. The idea is that by getting kids involved in their food selections and teaching them about nutrition while they’re still young, it will set the stage for better eating habits throughout the years to come.
This diet takes into account that it isn’t necessarily easy for an adult to learn about what is healthful to eat, let alone for a child to learn these lessons. Moreover, the situation becomes more complicated as grocery budgets come into play and when taking into account the fact that most kids don’t jump at the chance to eat their Brussels sprouts.
That said, the Healthy Kids Diet isn’t designed to be complicated. Instead, it is meant to lay the foundation of the basics in healthful eating so that an understanding and respect for nutrition can grow over time. For instance, it teaches the importance of eating a good breakfast in the morning in order to make sure kids receive an adequate amount of various nutrients, which translates to better performance at school and more energy for active play.
With obesity rapidly creeping into the lives of a growing percentage of children, this diet teaches adults that it’s up to them to teach the right eating habits to kids. This diet involves a range of guidelines to help to keep adults on track as they encourage kids to eat right:
• Introduce a spectrum of produce – while there will always be the standard options in any household, don’t hold back when it comes to trying new fruits and veggies and testing them out in several different ways. By learning to love these plant based foods, they will be more likely to eat the right portion sizes and will reduce their risk of diabetes, heart disease and even certain cancers.
• Calories in and calories out – create a healthy balance of activity each day to complement the calories that are being taken in. Children should receive at least an hour of moderate to vigorous play time every day.
• Keep fat in the right range – while children do need a healthy dose of good fats in their diets to help the brain and nervous system to develop and to absorb certain nutrients, it’s important to make sure fat intake is kept within an appropriate percentage of the child’s daily food intake.
• Focus on calcium – calcium at a young age is vital to growth while young and osteoporosis prevention in later years.
• Whole grains – most school age kids don’t get nearly enough whole grains as they take in far too many refined white flour based products. These are critical to short and long term health.
• Reduced added sugars – this is particularly true in sodas, candies and even fruit juices.
• Eat more fish – this is a great way to get those healthy fats. Two servings per week is recommended.
• Eat well and be active together – kids learn by example, so parents are encouraged to practice what they preach.
Kids can learn healthy activity and nutrition from an early age.
This diet doesn’t delve too far into the complexities of dieting. It just focuses on overall basics to set a foundation for good health later on
It is dependent on a parent having a basic knowledge of nutrition, which is not necessarily the case among all parents.
It is also dependent on a parent’s willingness to take part in what could involve considerable lifestyle changes. Though this is well intended, it may be easier said than done for many parents.