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Nurturing your growing child

12 February, 2014 , , ,

Blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure are the last items on the priority list of a child or adolescent.

However, eating habits that dictate if their heart is in good shape or if it will become weak later are determined from a very young age.

Give them fruits and vegetables

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If left to their own devices, kids would probably only eat bread and sweets. This is normal, since tastes develop with time and experience. Sometimes a new food item may have to be shown to a child numerous times before she finally takes even a single bite of it.

To help them develop a taste for veggies, serve them a small amount on their plate at every meal. Ask them to keep it in this spot even if they choose not to eat it. Also serve vegetables with foods they love, like for example, broccoli in a mac and cheese or lettuce and cucumbers in a chicken sandwich. Finally, set a good example by eating vegetables yourself.

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Joëlle Emond

Joëlle Emond

Registered Dietitian, RD at Clinic NutriSimple

Passionate about food and health, Joëlle Emond always finds a way to convey her desire to cook and eat healthy! Good communicator, she can be found both in print media and on television. She is the founder of 123Nutrition, a company through which she delivers lectures on healthy eating.

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