Posted by Jennifer on 4/11/2014 to Baby Care
Nutrition is the process of breaking down food and substances taken in by the mouth to use for energy in the body or it is the process of obtaining and consuming food. Malnutrition refers to insufficient, excessive, or imbalanced consumption of nutrients by an organism. Good nutrition is vital to good health. Teaching your children how to eat right will be their gateway to a lifelong of healthy eating.
Proper nutrition can stabilize children’s energy, help them focus and even out their moods. Breast milk and formula provide the nutrition an infant needs, but as your child grows, it becomes increasingly more difficult to ensure your child eats healthy, as children are exposed to peer pressure and advertisements for junk food.
Teaching healthy eating habits while they are young will help shape your child’s relationship with food and can prevent obesity and other health issues.
Introduce toddlers to new tastes and textures as they transition from baby food to real food. A toddler’s appetite can vary from day to day, but the important thing is that they get a well-rounded diet. After switching to real food, ensure your child is eating foods that are good sources of iron and calcium.
As your child enters school, it makes is more challenging to control their nutrition. As children grow, they require the same healthy foods adults eat, along with more vitamins and minerals to support their growing bodies.
Packing your child’s lunch and snacks is an easy way help control their food choices. You may not be able to stop your child for swapping their celery sticks for a pudding cup, but you can teach them early on to eat right. Signature Little One’s lunchtime collection offers fun and functional lunch boxes and bags to send your child to school with nutritious meals and snacks in style.