Healthier Eating Tips

With all of the processed and fast food options available these days, eating healthy is harder than ever. Here are some simple healthy eating tips you can use with your family to make each meal as healthy as possible.

  • AVOID adding heavy gravies or sauces will add fat and calories to otherwise healthy choices
  • DO eat slowly. Savor your food. Enjoy the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you feel. Be mindful. Eating very quickly may cause you to eat too much
  • DO use a smaller plate to help with portion control.
  • DO prepare your meals at home. This way you know what and exactly how much you’re eating. If you’re eating out always check the nutritional information to assist you in making healthier choices. At a restaurant portion sizes are often large, don’t feel as if you have to eat it all. Take it home and eat it the next day
  • Serve vegetables and fruit more often than fruit juice.
  • Offer water when your child is thirsty, especially between meals and snacks.
  • Sugar substitutes such as aspartame and sucralose are used in many processed foods. Sweeteners are much sweeter than sugar and may lead to a habit of only liking sweet foods. This might make it difficult for your child to adjust to fruits and vegetables.
  • Serving vegetables and fruit more often than fruit juice also adds healthy fibre to your child’s diet. Offer water when your child is thirsty, especially between meals and snacks. Limit juice to one serving (120 mL [4 oz.]) of 100% unsweetened juice a day.
  • Limit processed meats, such as hot dogs and lunch meats, which are also high in fat, sodium (salt), and nitrates.

Sources: Choose My Plate, Caring for Kids

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