Balanced eating made easy

Balanced eating made easy

There are so many misconceptions about eating a balanced diet. We often hear about how boring and tasteless a balanced, healthy diet can be. In reality, it doesn’t have to be that way and there are simple ways to maintain a balanced diet.

Involving the kids in preparing meals is a great way to educate on the importance of balanced eating. While you are busy in the kitchen, have the little ones help by getting things ready to chop up and sorting out all the necessary ingredients for making the dish.

In short, a balanced diet consists of a lot of colour. Greens and yellows mixed in with fruits, bread, potatoes, beans and of course your proteins like meat, fish, chicken or eggs and beans, and lastly dairy products like milk and cheese. Of course at a young age children love to indulge in things like chocolate, sweets and sugary drinks. This may be tricky to get them to understand at first but if you demonstrate from a young age it will become second nature to your family.

What you need to remember is that not only is a balanced diet very important but it needs to be integrated with daily exercise. At least 30 minutes to an hour a day of exercise is vital, especially for children. It not only helps with blood flow, but it’s also great for the muscles and joints.

When we sit around and keep still for long periods of time, our energy is stored and we’re often left feeling tired and run down. So go for a walk, run or brisk jog, because sunlight is also a rich source of vitamin D as well as being good for your skin, in moderate amounts.

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