Eating healthy is sometimes easier said than done. Teaching children about healthy eating habits early on will ensure they continue to make healthy choices as they grow.
Encouraging children to eat a variety of whole foods will ensure a balance of nutritional intake. Once infants begin eating rice cereal, fruits and vegetables are usually introduced. Try making it a habit to have fruits and vegetables a big part of each meal, this will make certain that a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber are consumed, which facilitates healthy growth.
All Wee Watch Providers are given a copy of Canada’s Food Guide to assist them with their weekly meal plans so they can make sure children in their care are getting nutritious meals. You can get a printable version of Canada’s Food Guide to help teach children about foods they need and how to make healthy choices.
Children love story time, read these healthy nutrition children’s books with your little ones to help get them on the right track and encourage discussions about living a healthy lifestyle.
- Eat Lots Of Colors! By Helen Marstiller
- Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A-Z by Lois Ehlert
- Good Enough To Eat: A Kid’s Guide To Food And Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell
- Why Should I Eat Well? by Claire Llewellyn
- Nutrition Facts for Kids: Teaching Children the Facts About Nutrition by Maryse Rouffaer
- Garden to Table: A kid’s Guide to Planting, Growing, and Preparing Food by Katherine Hengel
- The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! By Edward Miller
- The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
Healthy eating can help your child feel good, stay at or reach a healthy weight, and have lots of energy for childcare, school and play.