We know that your child’s health and making sure that they live a balanced lifestyle is a priority for any parent. Here at Tutor Doctor we believe it’s important to start educating your kids on good eating habits and looking after themselves whilst they are young, to set them in good stead for when they grow up. Here’s 8 healthy tips to keep your children super healthy and most importantly happy.
1. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
Making sure your children eat plenty of fruit and vegetables is vital as they provide your kids with all the vitamins, minerals and fibers they need. Try putting a yummy mixture of vegetables into a tasty winter stew, or make a fruit salad for dessert. There are loads of really easy ways to make fruit and veggies taste good and not be avoided by the kids.
2. Always eat a good breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for anyone, especially children. It gives them the fuel they need to start their day off right. Healthy breakfasts include eggs, oatmeal and yoghurt with nuts or fruit. Getting into an everyday breakfast routine will make the world of difference!
3. Drink plenty of water
Making sure your kids drink lots of fluids throughout the day is vital for them to stay hydrated and healthy. Dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches and sluggishness and in severe cases can be dangerous. A great idea is to keep a big jug of cold water in the fridge with big slices of orange and lemon in. This should encourage children to drink more and make water fun!
4. Get active
Encouraging your child to be active is a really important way for them to stay healthy. Physical activity not only keeps their heart and bones strong but is also a great for their mental health and will help them let go of any stress or worries. Remember to try to include some physical activity everyday even if it is just running up the stairs or walking to school. Another really easy way to encourage kids to exercise is by getting them to join an after-school club such as football, netball, swimming or tennis.
5. Get them involved
Get your kids involved in everything from the meal planning to the food shopping. This is not only a great way to educate them about food choices and nutrition but it will also expose them to as many foods as possible so they can start to distinguish what is healthy and what is unhealthy.
6. Set a good example
When encouraging your children to be healthy, it’s important that you set a good example. Once your kids see you order a side salad instead of a side of chips they will notice that you are making healthy choices and want to do the same. Teaching them to make good choices and try new foods will also make your kids think about what they are eating.
7. Make sure they have healthy snacks
Nuts, dried fruits, freshly cut up vegetables, yoghurts and nuts are yummy yet healthy alternatives to go-to snack foods such as crisps and chocolate bars. Eliminating these might not be a popular decision amongst your kids, however it is a really important healthy habit to get into. The more they start to become aware of what they are putting into their bodies, the more they will realise that what they eat affects how their body feels.
Eat as a family
Finally, perhaps the easiest routine to encourage at home is eating together as a family. We know that this can sometimes be difficult, especially in busy households where everybody has conflicting schedules. However making time for family dinner will encourage conversations between you and your kids and allow them to open up about their day and how they’ve been feeling. Communication is the healthiest habit of them all and can benefit your child’s mental health significantly.