Healthy Eating Habits for life
Healthy Eating Habits for life at Muswell Hill Nursery
Research has proven that instilling the importance of healthy eating into your child from a young age, will help to ensure that they grow up to understand the importance of a balanced diet.
Understanding the impact that healthy eating choices will have on their health and quality of life, will help your little ones to live a full, happy, and healthy life now and in the future.
Why is it so important to establish healthy eating habits at a young age?
We all know that what we choose to put in our bodies can have a huge impact on our weight, mood and energy levels.
As parents, it’s important that you help your children to adopt healthy eating habits for life.
The importance is highlighted by The Children’s Food Trust who issued a report in December 2016 revealed just how poor the diets of children across the UK are today. The eye opening report also revealed that children’s diets have an alarmingly high sugar content, which leads to difficulties in lowering these sugar habits once children are older.
In addition, the figures detailed in the report also revealed that in 2014/15, 12 per cent of children were obese by age three and 15 per cent were considered to be overweight in the UK, reinforcing the message that it is important to establish healthy eating patterns in babies and young children so that they can grow up to be healthy adults.
It’s your responsibility to take these messages seriously….
Ultimately, you are in control of your children’s diets. So it’s important that you introduce your them to a balanced diet as soon as they are old enough to eat solid foods if you want to have a positive influence on their eating habits for life.
Pay close attention to your child’s diet, ensuring that it is balanced and healthy. This includes avoiding giving them foods that contain added sugar or salt, while introducing them to a varied and nutritious diet.
At Muswell Hill Preschool, we instil the importance of a balanced diet from a young age and believe in the benefits that come hand in hand with introducing your little ones to new and exciting tastes that meet your babies nutritional needs from as early as 6 months old.
Initially, we introduce your little ones to puree fruit and vegetables as part of the weaning process, and then we introduce a variety of tastes and textures, adding proteins such as meat, fish and chicken.
By the time your child is one year old, they should be having three meals a day and should be eating food that is cut up into small pieces. It is also a good idea to let your baby join in with family mealtimes whenever possible so that they begin to learn that meal times are sociable times.