5 healthy eating habits for kids – plus 100 prizes!

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard work! Try adding our smart but simple ideas into your daily routine and you’ll see your little ones grow up with a healthier attitude to food.

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1. Kickstart brilliant breakfasts

WHY: How many times have you heard someone say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, that’s because it’s true! Children who have had breakfast and a drink before school find it easier to focus in class and have more energy to see them through to lunchtime.

HOW: Make sure kids get used to having a balanced breakfast every morning – fruit, protein and cereal are all great options. Even if you’re pushed for time at the start of the day, try to grab just a few small ideas from the NHS healthy breakfast recommendations.

2. Enjoy every bite

WHY: The brain only registers hunger and fullness after several minutes, so the faster your kids eat, the more likely they are to eat more than they really want or need.

HOW: Avoid eating meals in front of the TV - distraction takes their mind off the food in front of them and makes them more likely to over-eat. Instead, teach your kids to eat slowly and chew each mouthful really well. Your own actions will have the most impact on your kids, so check out the Change4Life advice from the NHS for ideas on being a healthy role model.

3. Stay snack savvy

WHY: Fruit, veg and nuts (so long as there’s no history of allergy) keep hungry tummies going far longer than sugary or salty processed foods, as well as providing more nutrients.
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HOW: Keep a fruit bowl topped up and always handy, and put treats out of sight for special occasions. Cut up some carrot sticks – sweet and colourful, many kids actually prefer them to apples and bananas. Try these ideas for Quick super snacks.

4. Understand food = fuel

WHY: Kids of all ages always want to get busy and have fun, but they need protein and carbs for strength and energy. Eating habits can also affect how we look – for skin health, body repair after we’ve been ill and generally making us feel good inside and out.

HOW: If you have a little one whose tastes are limited, try out our recipes for 5 recipes for fussy eaters. And if you’ve got a teenager with lazy eating habits, appeal to their vanity and share this article with them – 10 ways to eat yourself beautiful.

5. Set ground rules

WHY: By making your own recipes a little healthier, your child’s tastes get used to new textures and flavours, and that can provide fantastic foundations for good eating and healthy habits in the future. Here are some great recipes for easy dinners that taste great but are also packed with goodness – Superman suppers.

HOW: Serve wholegrain bread and cereals, reduce the intake of red meat (once a week is enough), cook chicken without the skin, avoid too many sugary drinks and juices, and cook from scratch instead of eating too much processed food, whenever you can.

What are they healthy treats that your kids love?
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