Home School And Nutrition

Updated: Mar 3

How to Boost your children’s Nutrition

To make things work at your home school and give your children’s Nutrition a healthy boost, the strategies below are beneficial. Making sure your children get proper Nutrition is probably more critical than their finding the right curriculum.  Listed below are suggestions for you as you embark on home school and Nutrition.

One: Try one or more new healthy recipes once or twice a week.

Two: Let your children do the serving.

Some studies show that when foods are served in a family-style, where food bowls are passed around the table, children picked the right amount of food for their age. For example, three-year-old take about a 1/2 cup portion of spaghetti; 4- and 5-year-olds took 3/4 cup. However, research shows that when parents put more food than a child needs on his plate, he takes bigger bites and eats more, leading to childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity is very dangerous and can cause many health issues. You can teach Nutrition as a part of your homeschool curriculum.   Get the facts on childhood obesity.

Three: Value every mealtime

Mealtime, even during homeschooling, should be treated as unique or valuable. After all, it is a designated time for improving health. Mealtimes without TV and gadgets can help teach children valuable lessons about food and acceptable nutritional practices. It would be good to eat together as a family whenever possible, even within the home school setting.

Families who eat together tend to eat healthier. This is an excellent opportunity to make it a part of the curriculum. Children can learn “Portion control” since there is food that is distributed to whole family members.

Four: Avoid Distractions During Mealtimes

It may get a bit difficult for the present time, but it’s of utmost importance to limit distractions during mealtimes. It is advised to incorporate indoor and outdoor activities such as running, swimming, cycling, and playing games, or your children would not take it seriously at all. This is what a healthy lifestyle and proper Nutrition look like. When parents make an effort to be model good Nutrition for their children, it does work.

Five: Make Breakfast a Priority

Eating breakfast is very important. It provides fuel to the body and brain, and it is a huge part of good Nutrition for all children. Children who eat breakfast regularly tend to get more nutrients overall. They are also less likely to be overweight and obese and perform far better in the school setting than those who do not eat breakfast regularly. If growing children miss the first important meal of the day, they will lack essential vitamins, calcium, fiber, protein, and healthy fats that make them feel full. 

Breakfast should constitute whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meat choices such as eggs, and some dairy products such as milk or yogurt. It helps children get the best Nutrition from the first meal of the day.

Six: Prepare healthy Lunches

By preparing healthy lunches for your children, you can ensure their maximum Nutrition. Avoid the temptation to eat just to get something in their tummy. Ensure that they get all the proteins, fats, whole grains, vitamins, and minerals they need. You can do this by adding different lunches such as mixed vegetable salads, chicken veggie sandwiches, whole wheat tortillas, and many more.

Seven: Prepare for Healthy Snacks

After school hours, children often crave snacks. For this purpose, stock your kitchen jars up with healthy snacks such as nuts, dried fruits, low sugar cereals, low-fat popcorns, etc. This will help children load up with maximum nutrients without the worry of being overweight or obese. Such snacks are beneficial in overcoming the unnecessary cravings for sweets and junk foods children often have.

A glass of fresh fruit juice sitting on the kitchen counter can make a good snack. If your child gives you a tough time eating vegetables in cooked form, try giving them shakes with veggies and vegetable juices. Doing so would assure that they are stocking up on antioxidants and different vitamins. 

Eight: Be smart about fats

Healthy fats such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are beneficial and vital to children’s Nutrition. They will help your children feel full for a longer time. They also benefit the child’s brain and memory and help lift their moods. The key is to make sure that your child is eating the right fats.

Healthy fats are usually unsaturated fats that are categorized as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats include olive oil, nuts oil (Almond Oil), and seeds such as sunflower seed or sesame seed oil. In contrast, polyunsaturated fats involve flaxseed, walnuts omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as salmon or sardines.

Unhealthy fats that are supposed to be restricted in a child’s diet include trans fats that can be found in; Vegetable shortening. Margarine. Fried foods. Baked goods. Processed foods made with “partially hydrogenated” vegetable oils and packaged foods such as crackers, cookies, or snack foods.

Your Child Deserves to be Healthy

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Pat Bracy

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