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Nutrition For Kids: Guidelines For A Healthy Diet:

Make sure your kids are getting all the nutrients that they need.
By Expert Tips
Date: February 08 2021
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Kids need to eat healthy in order to grow into healthy, and well-balanced adults. Unfortunately, many parents are too busy to prepare healthy meals for their kids, which is why they often turn to fast food and ready-made meals as their main dietary options. This is wrong on so many levels, especially since kids often prefer to eat snacks and sweets as they’re tastier. However, if you want your little ones to be healthy, energetic, and focused, it’s important to diversify their diet, so they’ll be able to eat nutritional foods. Or that reason here is a healthy diet guideline for parents to try.

Limit their added sugars consumption

Sugar is the word health-conscious parents often fear the most. Plus, kids genuinely love sugar and prefer to eat sweets over healthy foods. That’s why it’s important to limit your kids’ consumption of such sugary snacks, especially before major meals, such as lunch or dinner. If you let them eat sweets without supervising them, they won’t be in the mood to eat regular food. If you want to continue using sugar in-home, it’s best to opt for brown sugar as it’s a much healthier alternative. 

Nuts are a great replacement for snacks

Nuts are one of the most valuable foods out there and their biggest advantage? They can be eaten as snacks, which is great news for all parents! So, it might take you some time to figure out what is the healthiest nuts to eat, but keep in mind that kids usually love peanuts, almonds, and Brazilian nuts, especially if you mix them with some dried fruits, yogurt or blend them into a smoothie. Besides, nuts are a true nutritional powerhouse, as they contain proteins, healthy fats, fatty acids, and of course, a wide variety of minerals and vitamins.

Make fruits and vegetables more appealing 

Kids will almost always pick a candy bar over a banana, which is why it’s important to make fruits and vegetables more appealing to them. Your goal should be to provide them with a wide variety of vegetables, so they’ll feel like they have a choice. Leafy greens, beans, peas, and other types of veggies should be on your menu anyway, and if you prepare them carefully, your kids will surely enjoy eating them. If possible, cut the fruits and vegetables and arrange them nicely on a plate to resemble funny shapes, so kids will feel more enticed to eat them with gusto.

Be patient, but relentless 

If your kids have issues with eating foods they dislike, then it’s essential to be patient with them, but make sure you’re relentless, too. Instead of forcing food down their truth and causing them trauma, it’s better to make a deal with them, so they’ll eat it without feeling obligated. Explain to them that these foods are important if they want to be healthy and strong, and use their favourite superhero or a cartoon character as an example.  Sentences like “Superman eats a lot of broccoli and spinach, this is why he can fly and save people. Do you want to be like Superman?” usually works and yields amazing results. However, remember to be nice about it, so they won’t feel cheated in the process.


Planning a healthy diet for your kids is a huge step that needs to be done with care and patience. Proteins, vitamins, minerals, and healthy carbs, and fats should be consumed on a regular level, which is why it’s important to teach kids to eat them. Also, limiting their consumption of trans fats, added sugars and other unhealthy foods is also a great move, especially if you want your little ones to be healthy, strong, and able to focus.

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