Teaching healthy eating habits to your children early in life will help them grow into healthy and strong adults. In a world where convenience trumps health, encouraging healthy snacking is not always easy, but we promise it’s worth the extra effort!
Studies suggest that parents food preferences directly influence those of their children, and it has been reported that parents who ate diets high in saturated fats also had children that ate diets high in saturated fats. By being the kind of parent that chooses healthy snacks your children will follow your lead.
Here are some simple tips on how parents can educate their children on healthy eating habits that will bring them lifelong health benefits.
Part of a parent's responsibility is to pass along healthy eating habits to their children. If you do your best to eat smart and exercise regularly, your children will notice your efforts and do the same. By providing access to high nutrient snacks you are shaping an environment for your children that is healthy. If a child grows up eating healthy, they’re more likely to continue.
2. STOCK YOUR KITCHEN
The easiest way to encourage your children to eat healthy is to provide them with easy access to high-nutrient snacks on a daily basis. By stocking your kitchen exclusively with healthy snacks they will eat them. Always make sure that fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks readily available to your children!
3. EDUCATE THEM WHERE FOOD COMES FROM
By teaching your children where their food comes from at an early age they’re more likely to truly care about the source. A great way to do this is to take them to pick apples, visit a farm where they can talk to the individuals who grow their food, or by letting them help with gardening in the backyard. These fun family activities will nurture a love for natural and home-grown foods!
4. LET THEM CHOOSE
Children like getting their way, and if you let them choose from a variety of healthy snacks, you and your child can both get your way! By providing kids with options they will not only feel more independent but they will enjoy the snack even more! It’s a win-win!
5. CREATE HEALTHY HABITSWith a Boxtera Monthly Family Box you and your family can take a huge step towards a healthier life. The Boxtera Monthly Family Box allows you to choose 10 different snacks for your family every month. With over 40 different snack options to choose from there’s something for every adult and child, no matter how picky they are.