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Tips for healthy eating at home

Good nutrition and a balanced diet will help your child grow up healthy. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, you can take steps to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits.
• Have regular family meals – Children like to predictability of family meals and it’s a great way to catch up. Family meals also offer the chance to introduce your child to new foods.
• Stock up on healthy foods – Younger children will eat mostly what’s available at home. You can use the following guidelines: work fruits and vegies into the daily routine, aim for 5 serves per day, keep fruit and vegies on hand ready to eat, serve good sources of protein eg lean meats, eggs and nuts, choose wholegrain cereals, limit fat, limit fast foods and limit sugary drinks
•Be a role model – Children will follow your lead, by eating fruits and vegies you’ll send the right message. Another way you can be a positive role model is by limiting portions and not overeating. Try to keep a positive approach when it comes to food.
• Avoid battles over food – Give children some control, but limit the kinds of foods available at home. Let them decide if they’re hungry, what they will eat from the foods served, and when they are full.
• Involve children in the process – Talk to children about making choices and planning a balanced meal. Some children may even want to shop for ingredients and prepare the meal. In the kitchen, select age appropriate tasks and at the end of the meal don’t forget to praise the chef!


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