To achieve optimal health it is important that lifestyle habits are healthy. A balanced diet during the school stage, from 6 to 12 years old, is a vital part to achieve this and also for the child's development. What are those healthy eating habits for school-age children that are essential and that will affect their school performance?
Children face daily energy expenditure that includes, on the one hand, the intellectual activity related to their school day, and on the other, the physical activity involved in playing during recess, and even more, during extracurricular activities or the park.
Although it may seem incredible to us, the life of children today is not too far from the stressful life of adults, always in a hurry and running from one place to another, so that they too can, unintentionally, neglect their diet or fall in inappropriate customs.
To prevent that from happening, we have compiled a list of 6 healthy eating habits for school-age children that must be followed and that parents are responsible for complying with them.
1. Eat at least 5 times a day
It is one of the most important habits that we can instill in our little ones, since the digestive system gets used to the fact that it is never short of food and assimilates what it needs without stress, operating like clockwork.
2. Don't skip breakfast
Eating well first thing in the morning does not mean that the child sips a cola in a hurry and runs while eating some cookies on the way, but rather offering his body the energy it needs to start the day. Dairy, farinaceous, fruits, protein foods, nothing is prohibited and nothing is mandatory, we just have to make sure that we do not exceed the sugar intake and that the carbohydrates are complex.
3. Always bring something for recess
Preferably a food from some group that has not been covered at breakfast, but if this is not possible, we can resort to the basics: sandwich, piece of fruit and drinkable yogurt.
4. Have a healthy snack
Whoever did such a bad press on bread unfortunately did us a disservice to moms and dads, but above all, to children, for whom the traditional snack sandwich was transformed into a bun, a smoothie or commercial juice. Going back to our origins and offering a sandwich to the child while running around the park is a very healthy habit. With an appropriate filling, of course!
5. Eat early
Dinner should not be combined with bedtime, since, lying down, the stomach does not digest food as relaxed as it does during the day, standing or sitting. If possible, it should be at least an hour from dinner until the child goes to bed. Also, if dinner is too late, it is possible that the child will go to bed hungry because he can sleep, and that is not in his benefit either.
6. Drink lots of water
Water is health. Water is the main ingredient of the body and makes the organs work perfectly. Schoolchildren should not skimp on drinking water and getting used to drinking both during and before or after meals is an ideal learning experience for both their present and future health.
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