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Teach your kids the SML method to help them make super wise food choices from young.
You’ve done the necessary reading about good nutrition, what comprises a normal 6-year-old diet and dietary guidelines for kids growing into young adults.
Now, you want to share that knowledge with your child to equip your little one with the right knowledge for life.
Talking to your child about nutrition and healthy eating can be as easy as the alphabet. Think of the letters S, M, and L when you teach your child about the different food groups, healthy eating habits, and all about the vitamins and minerals our bodies can get from eating healthy food.
Watch out for foods that are high in sugar, fat and/or calories such as sweets, chocolates, ice cream, full-fat dairy products, deep-fried food (e.g. nuggets, fries, and fish balls), processed meat (e.g. hotdogs), gravy, and curry.
Also limit the number of soft drinks, as well as fruit juice—especially those with added sugar. Your child should only eat these sometimes and in small amount.
Wholegrains and meat/others are nutritious and moderately high in calories. They give your active child the energy he needs daily but do watch the serving sizes. Remember to opt for lean meats instead of fatty red meats as these are high in saturated fats.
Consuming too many calories and saturated fats and insufficient physical activity can lead to childhood obesity, which may impact a child’s healthy growth and development.
Choose: Brown rice, wholemeal bread, wholegrain noodles or pasta, lean meat, fish, nuts, eggs, lentils, milk, and cheese.
Go green! Fruit and veggies are a good source of fibre and nutrients and low in calories. Feel free to offer them as a second helping after meals if your child is still hungry, or as snacks.
Choose: Fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen fruit with no added sugar, plain water, unsweetened/no-sugar-added drinks.
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This article was last reviewed on
Thursday, December 30, 2021
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