As adults, many of us have come to know and love organic foods. Eating well means fewer trips to the doctor, extra energy, and the satisfaction of knowing that we’re taking good care of our bodies.
With kids, on the other hand, mealtimes can be a battle. It’s already difficult to get little ones to make educated food choices, and adding organic foods to the mix can seem like a daunting task.
While it may take a little coaxing, adding organic foods to your child’s diet is well worth the effort. Just as we want to maintain strong and healthy bodies, youngsters need every ounce of energy they can get. What they don’t need, however, are the number of additives found in many conventional foods.
Developing minds and bodies are more likely to suffer the impact of damage caused by such chemicals as pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. In fact, if anyone should benefit from organic food to ensure the best possible development and growth, it’s children.
As a parent, it’s important to teach your kids the value of healthy eating at home. It pays off in the long run, as children who love natural and organic foods are less inclined to reach for sugary-sweet junk food when they can have natural treats like organic fruit leathers, smoothies, and granola.
To help this process along, try to incorporate a variety of healthy organic ingredients into your meals. Make it fun for kids to experience new foods by inviting them to help prepare meals, speaking with them about the benefits of each item and how they help their bodies become strong and healthy. For example, “Did you know carrots help us see better in the dark?” is always an effective favorite.
While you eat together, share stories and ideas. Time spent around the table brings you closer while giving your kids a head start with tasty and nutrient-rich organic food. As kids gain more experience with an assortment of healthy foods, you’ll find there are some they prefer even more over their preservative-packed counterparts.
Encourage your children to eat these foods and model your commitment to well-being by setting a positive example at the dinner table. Setting the building blocks of healthy living now will make them more likely to choose the best options for themselves later on in life.
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