Kids would put anything edible and delicious in their mouths, it may sound exaggerated but it’s often true. The sad reality is that parents are the only ones who could actually intervene in this particular situation. Once the parents themselves don’t actually know much about the things their kids eat, or even care to do something about it, it’s the children who usually wind up on the losing end.
We were all told that nuts are really healthy snacks for kids, but not all things that have “nuts” in them actually do good things to your body. Candy bars with nuts and commercial peanut butter cookies are not only packed with sugar but with high levels of trans fats and preservatives as well. Give your kids a peanut butter sandwich in whole wheat bread or assorted peanuts instead.
Yoghurt is healthy. This is true, but some yoghurt brands and drinks often contain a little bit too much sugar in them. Try to check the label and go for more trusted brands when buying your groceries.
Many soda and juice companies have introduced sugarless drinks into the market, but are these drinks really that healthy compared to their predecessors? The truth is, sodas in general aren’t really the best drinks for your kids and some fruit juices with artificial sweeteners actually still contain high amounts of sugar. Without much nutritional value in them, these drinks are not the ideal drinks for kids. It would be better to give your children freshly squeezed fruit drinks or those that come naturally with certification seals on the package. However, other juice drinks may still be given to kids as long as they’re diluted into equal parts of water. As for soda, just avoid it as much as possible.
To make sure your kids are getting the right nourishment that they need, incorporating veggies and fruits on their meals is still the best way to achieve this. However, avoid those greasy high-fat dips and dehydrated packed fruits as they usually do more harm than good.
A total ban on junk food isn’t really an effective plan, as we all already know. Some parents would incorporate exercise to their kids’ diets but others let their children go through weight training like gymnastic rings and adult workouts. These things aren’t actually effective because the kids’ bodies are not similar to that of adults and are not mature enough. Besides, a regular exercise would only demand a few minutes of walking and playing. To truly keep your kids healthy, just make sure to keep the J-food at a controlled low and the healthy treats at a much higher and more frequent level.
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