Teaching children about nutrition helps them learn healthy eating habits they can keep through adolescence and into adulthood.
There are many ways you can influence your child’s food choices.
- Talk to your children about food as fuel for their bodies. Teach them how to choose foods that will give them the energy and nutrients they need.
- Limit the amount of high-fat, high-calorie snacks in your home. Instead, keep cut fruits and vegetables, trail mix, yogurt, etc. handy for snacking.
- Provide nutritious snacks and meals based on the recommendations in the Canada Food Guide. If your family follows a vegetarian, vegan, or other restricted diet, consult a dietitian for advice on providing your child with optimal nutrition.
- Encourage your child to try new dishes, foreign restaurants, and unusual fruits and vegetables. The best nutrition comes from eating a variety of foods.
- Teach healthy food choices by involving your child in grocery shopping and cooking.
- Model healthy eating habits and a positive body image.