The formative years of kids go a long way to determine how their adolescent and adult years will turn out. Properly nourished children have been found to display a remarkable cognitive development and academic performance, while malnourished kids consequently tend to struggle with these areas. Assuredly your child's diet is extremely important during the childhood/adolescent stage of life.
A well-balanced diet is necessary for a kid's mental, physical, and emotional growth. Anything less is sure to cause impairment, if not in the present, then certainly in the long run.
Here are a few ways you can ensure your child gets enough nutrients with a minimal or no apparent change in diet.
#1: Eat Healthily
Children are known for "do as I see." Studies have shown that the most effective way to make a child do something is to do it first yourself. For kids, it is quite easy to replicate an adult habit than it is to form unfamiliar ones. So you must start to practice what you preach by living it up with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Go ahead and guzzle up water and do away with the sodas, beers, and wines, or at least don't consume them in front of the kids. This way, you are setting up precedence and inspiring trust that will ensure your kids want to be like you.
#2: Embrace Supplements
Getting all of the most needed nutrients from food can be a chore with kids. The reason is, often, the idea of food doesn't sound all too appealing to kids. Whether they aren't eating enough, or they are not eating enough of the right foods, the use of nutritional supplements can be a great way to help. These supplements can be a gummy multi-vitamin or even a supplement style shake.
#3: Get Creative with the Menu
Make it fun. Get as creative as possible with every meal – especially those they may balk at eating. Cut fruits into attractive shapes, make vegetables into funny characters and plate them in fun ways that would help them look forward to eating these healthy foods.
#4: Educate Them on the Need to Eat Healthily
It is a fact that kids need all the nutrients they can get for proper brain and body functioning. Teach your kids the "why" about proper nutrition. Educating your kids regularly on the importance of eating healthy will equip them with information about their well being, give them a sense of responsibility, and enable them to make the right decisions concerning a healthy diet.