Is it OK to feed my child white bread? Do fruit cups count as fruit? It can be hard making healthy food decisions when you are in the grocery aisle staring at food labels and trying to understand what is truly healthy for your child to eat. As a parent, you know that in order for your kids to do the things they love, it is important you feed them the right foods.
“Calorie intake varies by age, which is why it is important that you focus on a well-balanced diet,” said Dr. Anoop Iqbal, pediatric endocrinologist and weight management specialist in the Pediatric Lifestyle Clinic at Marshfield Children’s.
Below is an infographic that can help you make decisions about what a kid should eat so they can get a well-balanced diet. If there are things on the list below you know your kid won’t eat, invite your kid into the kitchen and cook with them.
“Cooking with your kids helps them get to know the various foods and parents can use this opportunity to talk to them about the nutritional value of each of these foods,” Dr. Iqbal said. “This also helps get picky eaters to try new foods.”
For some recipes you can cook with your children, go to www.chopchopfamily.org.