Here are tips for healthy parents:-
- Reward children with praise rather than with food.
- Serve food in smaller portions. Do not demand or reward “a clean plate.” Let your child ask for more if he or she is still hungry.
- Read nutrition level for serving size and calorie information. The information on the labels can help you select foods that best fit into your family’s meal and snack plans.
- Bake, broil or grill foods to reduce fat. Rather than cooking with butter or vegetable oil, try healthier versions like olive, canola or sunflower oil.
- Snacks should provide nutrients and energy, which are essential for active, growing children.
- Do not give your child vitamin supplements unless they are recommended by your doctor.
- Children imitate their parents, so set a good example by eating healthy foods.
- Keep a variety of snacks in the house, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, whole-grain cereals and crackers. Try lower calorie or lower fat foods, like baked chips, reduced-sugar cereals or low-fat dressings.