As a father, it can be challenging making
sure your children are eating the right kinds of food.
However, childhood nutrition isn’t as complicated as you might think.
Angel Planells is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and spokesperson
for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He says there are a few simple
rules to keep in mind as you’re trying to keep your children healthy. When it
comes to being a parent, there’s two goals in mind when
it comes to nutrition. The first is to try to be a good role model for healthful
eating and active living and the second goal is to try to support our children
in making wise food choices and to actually enjoy food when it comes to
kids. You know, we have our children from zero to 18. There’s three
goals that we need to try to keep in mind when were when we’re in this
parenting phase and the first goal is to try to help the kids learn skills to
make good food choices over time. The second is to try to listen to our body
cues so we can eat the right amount of food. And the third is to try to make
activity part of our daily life every day. A key point to keep in mind, Planell
says, is that the nutritional needs of children and adults are actually pretty
similar. The difference basically just comes down to portion sizes. People may
ask what’s the difference between kids and adults when it comes to nutrition
and really we all need the same nutrients – kids, teens, adults, we all need
the same nutrients – the only thing that differs is the actual amount that we eat
and so when it comes to meals and snacks for kids, you know, they are pretty much
the same. We need to try to, you know, consume our vegetables, our fruit, you know
having our grain, our protein, you know which comes in lean meat, poultry, fish,
beans, nuts, seeds, or dairy or an alternative if you can’t handle dairy and
so you know the only difference is I myself like spicy, my children like bland.
Or I like to eat things like a burrito bowl throw everything together and have
it nice and medley, my children like things separate. So that’s really the
only difference. We’re eating the same food, we’re just eating it in a different
manner. For more parenting tips, check out dadsdivorce.com. That’ll do it for
another episode. I’m Shawn Garrison, thank you for watching.