Nut-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan? “Healthy eating” means different things to different people, but experts generally agree on one thing: eating healthy means eating real food. “Real” food is whole or minimally processed food that is fresh or flash frozen. And all the better if it’s locally grown and organic!
Absolutely. Children need proper nutrients to grow up healthy and strong. And establishing a foundation of healthy eating and nutritional knowledge helps them build the skills and habits that will serve them well for a lifetime.
Generally, the more “real” the food, the more nutritious it is. So, opting for whole foods over packaged foods is a sensible first step. Beyond that, the Kid's Healthy Eating Plate, is a helpful nutrition guide developed by nutrition experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It’s similar to the USDA's My Plate but geared toward kids. The Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate improves also upon My Plate in several ways including emphasizing the quality of nutrients and the importance of being active.
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