Dr. Hilary’s Tips for Healthy Nutrition in Kids
- Make family meals a priority. Kids benefit from watching adults eat the same foods they’re eating7. Set a good example for your kids and they’ll follow in your footsteps.
- Educate kids about why they need to eat a wide variety foods. Understanding that broccoli has calcium for building strong bones, and carrots to make our vision sharp encourages kids to make healthier choices.
- Ask them why they don’t like certain foods. Sometimes changing things like texture, temperature or seasoning is all it takes for kids to change their minds.
- Try, try again! Kids may need to try foods ten times before they like it. Our palates are also constantly evolving, so what they didn’t like three months ago might become a child’s new favourite food when encouraged to try it again.
- Treat the cause. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to improve your child’s digestion, immune system, and cognitive development. Ask for lab work to see if your child is low on nutrients like iron and vitamin D or has an under or overactive thyroid.
We want the absolute best for our kids, so it is important to make sure they are getting a full spectrum of the vitamins and minerals they need to grow and develop in a strong and healthy way.
Whether be due to dietary restrictions, picky eating, or because sometimes life gets busy, there are many reasons that it can be challenging to make sure our kids are getting balanced, nutrient-rich meals every day.