Healthy Living Tips

Healthy Living Tip #268

You can teach your children to make healthy food choices by the foods you offer and by setting a good example. Keep in mind that what matters most is how people eat most of the time.

Include nutritious foods from at least 3 of the 4 food groups for breakfast and foods from all 4 food groups for lunch and dinner.

Limit foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt (sodium) such as cakes and pastries, chocolate and candies, cookies and granola bars, doughnuts and muffins, ice cream and frozen desserts, french fries, potato chips, nachos and other salty snacks, fruit flavored drinks, soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and sweetened hot or cold drinks. These are less healthy food choices.

Teach children that less healthy food choices should be limited, but can be enjoyed at times. A simple way to do this is to help them understand that healthy choices are “everyday” foods and less healthy choices are “sometimes” foods.