Eating healthy from an early age is linked with good health later on. Children’s eating habits are important because kids should grow up to be healthy adults. We suggest serving young children a variety of foods so that they can get the 40 + nutrients needed for health.
It is a parent’s duty to offer healthy foods that are prepared and served in a safe environment. Children should choose how much they eat, but parents must be sure that what they do eat is nutritious.
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Educating and Training Your Child
The more your child knows about foods and food preparation, the better the chances that he or she will be able and willing to have a snack that takes more time and effort (and is healthier) than opening up a pack of potato chips and doughnuts and washing them down with a soda.
Teaching kids how to safely use kitchen equipment and utensils (appropriate for age and ability) opens up the possibilities of what they can and will eat. Knowing relatively simple tasks like heating foods in the microwave or blending fruits, juices, and yogurt into tasty, nutritious smoothies creates a much greater variety of healthy snack choices. Other basic skills include how to properly wash, peel, chop, and slice various food items.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance hosts Cooking Matters classes to teach parents, children, and child care professionals easy ways to cook healthier snacks and meals.