How to shift your child from intake of junk food to nutritious meals?

Published On: 24.12.2022

kids move from junk food to nutritious food

Junk food constantly replaces plates full of healthy veggies or plain routine food. Studies have shown that regular consumption of junk food influences children’s preferences, making them more likely to crave food high in sugar, salt and fat and become less willing to eat vegetables. It’s no wonder many children’s meals are around convenient junk and takeout food. But switching to a healthy diet can greatly impact your child’s health, helping them maintain a healthy weight, stabilise their mood, sharpen their minds, and avoid many health problems.

 Handy Tips & Tricks to Shift your Child from Junk Food to Nutritious Meals

1. Be a role model by practising healthy eating habits yourself. Children are more likely to adopt healthy behaviours if they see their parents or caregivers making nutritious food choices.

2. Teach your child about the importance of nutrition and explain the benefits of eating healthy foods. Involve them in grocery shopping and meal planning to make them feel empowered and engaged.

3. Instead of making sudden changes, gradually introduce healthier alternatives to junk food. Start by replacing one unhealthy snack or meal per day with a nutritious option. Over time, increase the number of healthy meals and snacks while reducing the consumption of junk food.

4. Present nutritious foods in a fun and appealing way. Use colourful fruits and vegetables, create attractive food presentations, and involve your child in food preparation to make it more enjoyable.

5. Restrict junk food to occasional treats. At home, stock up on healthy snacks like fresh fruit, cut vegetables, yoghurt, nuts, and whole-grain crackers.

6. Whenever feasible, have meals together as a family. Eating together promotes bonding and creates a supportive environment for healthy eating habits.

7. Changing eating habits takes time, and children may resist at first. Stay patient, keep offering nutritious options, and celebrate small victories.

Summing Up

Petals Preschool & Daycare takes the well-being of children seriously, and that extends to the food they consume. Understanding the significance of nutrition in early childhood development, Petals has partnered with renowned AIIMS Nutritionists to design healthy and balanced meals for young learners. These meals are carefully crafted, considering the specific nutritional needs of growing children. By incorporating expert advice and the latest research from AIIMS, Petals ensures that each meal is packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary for optimal growth and development. These thoughtfully designed meals promote physical health and support cognitive development and overall well-being. Petals Preschool & Daycare is committed to providing nutritious meals demonstrating their dedication to the holistic development of each child under their care.

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