Parents often wonder how to encourage young children to eat healthy food and snacks, especially when the children are viewing enticing TV commercials that advocate unhealthy junk food. Nutritious food is necessary for the development of muscles and bones, normal growth, and mental development. There are a few ways to help form habits for your child that will help establish healthy eating habits for their lifetime.
n Following the Leader: Eating healthy foods with your kids shows them that it is not out of the norm, and that you enjoy eating these foods. You must be willing to make the change to healthy eating habits if you expect your children to do the same!
n Snack Time!: Snack time is a great time for daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and cheese. If cookies and candy are a necessity, they can be used as rewards on special occasions, but not for everyday snacking.