Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Setting Them Up For The Day


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It’s often said that a good meal will be able to fuel you for the rest of the day. While it’s not quite possible for children to be content with just one meal, the logic is still there; they will need some of sustenance to help them develop and grow in a healthy way. While organising a dinner routine can seem like a bit of a tedious chore at the time, once you’re invested into it there’s no looking back. 

Breakfast

Commonly regarded as the most important meal of the day, this is the starter that your child will need to get them ready for the day ahead. Not only does it provide them with the energy that they need physically, but it will also help to give their brain the food it requires to kickstart into action. Vitamins from cereals contribute significantly to the required amount that they should be consuming on a daily basis, and are less commonly found in other foods consumed later in the day.  Most people skip breakfast, but getting into a good routine such as http://goorganicallysnacks.com/7-tips-to-help-the-morning-routine/ is the key to establishing a consistent relationship with this morning meal. The more that you are able to promote it as beneficial and fun to your children, the more they will want to eat.  

Snacks

Snacks should be given throughout the day to help aid concentration. Think of it like a little booster. Fruits such as satsumas and tangerines are ideal for mini bursts of energy, and vegetable snacks such as carrot and cucumber sticks are brilliant ideas for delaying the onset of lunchtime. You don’t have to reach for the candies and potato chips as soon as your kid starts to claim hunger - keep it light and healthy. 

Lunch

As your child gets older, you will have no idea what they are eating for lunch in the school cafeteria. You can only hope that they are making sensible choices. Until then, giving them a good grounding in what is healthy for you is the way to go. Keep lunches varied and bright - the more colours you can fit onto a plate, the better, as different vitamins tend to hide in different coloured foods such as http://www.praisesofawifeandmommy.com/2017/03/purple-potatoes.html#.WMfwsm_yjIU .  From an aesthetic point of view, it can also make the meal more appealing. 

Dinner

Portion control is key here. As long as you are not going overboard with the amount of food on the plate, dinner is the time to have a little fun. There are five key food groups which make up a balanced diet: carbohydrates, dairy, proteins, fruit and vegetables and fats/sugars. While it’s not advised to go overboard on one instead of the other (unless you’re doing a rigid exercise routine), you can mix and match to your hearts content. This is a great time for family bonding if you’re all available, and the more that you get your children involved in the preparation of the dinners, the more so they will want to indulge in what you have prepared for them. 

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