Growing kids need good nutrition. With our busy lifestyles, it can be a challenge to serve meals and snacks that are quick and easy to prepare and healthy, too.

 

Here are some tips for healthy eating for families:

  • Be a good role model – Your child will follow your example

 

  • Set regular meal and snack times for the family to create a regular routine

 

  • Make fruit and vegetables part of each meal

 

  • Use language like “everyday foods” (vegetables and fruit, whole grains) and “sometimes foods” (chips, candy) rather than calling food “good” or “bad”

 

  • Plan healthy meals and snacks – and let the kids help with making the grocery list, preparing food, and setting the table

 

  • Limit processed foods

 

  • Choose water or milk over juices, pop, or sports drinks

 

 

Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters

 

  • Don’t worry if your child is otherwise healthy and eats a variety of healthy foods each week

 

  • Continue to introduce new foods and provide repeated opportunities to try things

 

  • Include your child in meal planning and preparation

 

  • Eliminate distractions – TV, cellphones, toys

 

Healthy Snack Ideas

 

Cheese

Whole wheat crackers

Air-popped popcorn

Low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit

Baby carrots with hummus or bean dip

Whole-grain cereal

Eggs

 

For more information

 

Healthy Eating

 

Healthy Eating for Children

 

Canada’s Food Guide: Healthy Eating for Parents and Children

 

10 Cool Nutrition Tips for Your Kids

 

Best Snacks for Kids