Do you remember the first time you rode a bike? The most important lesson was learning how to keep your balance, right? Once you can balance correctly, the pedals turn smoothly and drive the wheels and bike along.
The same thing can be said about choosing our food. Once we’ve learned to carefully balance the amount and types of food eaten, all of the organs in our bodies will function smoothly, and the body will work efficiently.
Here are some lessons to teach your children about eating healthily:
Our bodies can’t run without energy. After a restful sleep, our energy levels are low. So, whether we’re heading off to work or school, or starting our weekend, we must begin the day with a healthy breakfast. Plenty of carbohydrates from toast, bread, or cereal with milk, fruit, or yogurt is just what your body needs to start the day!
Since no single food can supply your body with all of the nutrients it needs, it’s important to eat a wide variety of food each day. To get the right balance of nutrients, be sure to choose a wide variety of foods across the different food groups. Health experts often advise “eating the rainbow,” which means filling your plate with a lot of color. The color of produce usually indicates what type of nutrients it contains (for example, yellow and orange are often high in vitamin C), so focusing on eating different colors is a good way to get a variety of nutrients.
Sharing a meal with people we care about—family and friends—is a great way to enjoy our food. It’s also an excellent way to learn respect for the food we consume.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, so incorporating them into your daily eating can ensure you’re getting enough nutrients. Plus, they are high in fiber, which can help you feel full and satisfied. Try to consume at least five servings each day. A piece of fruit with breakfast and lunch, fruit for a snack, and two vegetables with dinner will be enough to help you hit that goal.
More than half our weight is water. Our bodies need food to survive, but we also need water. It’s important to keep our bodies hydrated with an appropriate amount of filtered water every day. If you don’t like plain water, you can try out some of our recipes to spice up your water intake.
Being active and eating healthily are some of the best advice and life lessons parents can pass along to their children. Good eating habits and a love for being active will stay with your children throughout their whole lives. Get outside and ride a bike, or explore your city—but don’t forget to pack a healthy snack and a reusable bottle of filtered water!