How to Teach Your Kids About Nutrition

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Teaching your kids about nutrition is essential for fostering lifelong healthy eating habits. By incorporating fun and effective tips, you can make learning about healthy foods enjoyable and engaging for your children. In this post, we’ll explore various strategies to help you educate your kids on the importance of nutrition, macro balanced diets, and making smart food choices. Whether you’re a parent looking to improve your family’s eating habits or seeking ways to introduce your children to the basics of nutrition, this article will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need.

Teach your kids to identify which macronutrients are on their plate. 

When you know the macronutrients of different foods, you learn how to build a balanced plate!  This is essential for lifelong health whether you’re vigilantly tracking your macros or not.  Try this at the dinner table tonight. What macronutrient is chicken? Rice? Dinner Roll? Butter? Fruit? As you’re learning. Teach them.

Teach them the hand size portion guide.

  • 1 serving of protein = 1 palm.
  • 1 serving of carbohydrates = 1 cupped hand.
  • 1 serving of fats = 1 thumb.
  • 1 serving of vegetables = 1 fist.
How to teach kids about nutrition.

Teach them to look at nutrition labels. 

Before they open up a bag of chips and go to town, have them look up what a serving size actually is and portion their snack out on their own.  They should also be looking at the amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats in a food item, just like you are!  Make it fun!  Have them check out the macros on a snickers bar, chicken thighs, chocolate pudding, fruit, a Stay Fit Mom recipe, etc.

Teach them the importance of budgeting.  

We all wish we could live a life without boundaries, but that just doesn’t lead to success.  A limitless life leads to destruction.  Eating whatever we want, whenever we want won’t do our bodies good, just like spending whatever we want whenever we want won’t do our finances any good.  When we learn to eat and spend within our means, we THRIVE.

Get them in the kitchen cooking with you! 

They need to learn how to put together a meal if they’re ever to be self sufficient.  We don’t want our kids heading to the drive thru for every meal when they start life on their own.

Knowledge is POWER.  Don’t hoard what you’re learning about nutrition to yourself! At Stay Fit Mom we’re about so much more than getting our clients to fit into their jeans.  This is about generational change that will protect your kids, while leading them to a full, happy life!

Picture of mom helping her son in the kitchen.

Cook Family Friendly Protein Packed Recipes.

Now it’s time to put into practice what you teach! Serve the entire family protein packed meals (and we’d love to help you with this)! By incorporating delicious and nutritious protein-rich dishes into your family’s meals, you not only ensure that everyone is getting the nutrients they need, but also set a positive example for your family. Macro balanced eating shouldn’t be bland or boring. Sharing tasty, protein-packed meals can bring the family together and make nutrition education a fun and enjoyable experience. See a few of our family favorite protein packed recipes below.

How to get more protein in your kid's diet! Recipes included!

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