Oberberg – When it comes to health, nutrition plays a major role – parents know it, but how do our children learn it? A food pyramid and a variety of recipe ideas can help.
What Hans does not learn, Hans learns with difficulty. Fruits, vegetables, wholemeal bread or ready meals and fast food: The foundation for a healthy diet is laid early on. Parents are role models. Therefore, they should bring a variety of healthy foods closer to the little ones.
A balanced diet is especially important for developing children: they are constantly on the move, discovering the world around them, playing, learning and walking side by side – which is why their small bodies need a lot of energy. The right diet not only recharges “empty batteries”, but also promotes physical and mental development, performance, concentration and strengthens the immune system.
And: When seasoned properly, kids find healthy food that’s really delicious.
What does healthy eating mean for children? The food pyramid helps
In principle, the same applies to children as to adults: the diet must be balanced and healthy, and the body must be provided with all the important nutrients. Many parents are not sure how to provide their children with a balanced diet. The Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfEE) food pyramid provides a good orientation. It summarizes foods into eight groups and six levels and uses the colors of traffic lights to explain which foods are part of healthy eating frequently and which are eaten in moderation.
Traffic light colors make it easy to choose:
Green color Means foods that children can eat in abundance and in abundance.
yellow It means that products should be included in moderation.
red In other words, children should only have access to these foods in rare cases.
Sweets: the most famous sugar traps
Eating a lot of snacks is unhealthy, and everyone knows it. Because if you want to eat healthy food, you have to save fat and sugar. But every once in a while, the sweet thing should be simple. But beware of supposedly healthy alternatives:
Fruit is not just a fruit! What manufacturers disguise as a “healthy snack”, for example apple and banana chips, is a real fat trap upon closer inspection. Sliced and fried in oil, the fruit is delicious and crunchy, but also high in calories: 100 grams of banana chips contain 511 calories and 26.5 grams of fat. Healthy alternatives are fresh, unsweetened dried fruits.
4 most common sugar traps:
- Yogurt: healthy? In principle this is true. However, many fruit-flavored varieties should be classified as sweets due to their sugar content. In extreme cases, it contains almost as much sugar as a cup of cola.
- Soft Drinks: Stay away from lemonade, cola and iced tea to quench your thirst! With sometimes over 30 sugar cubes per liter, sodas are real calorie bombs!
- Canned fruit: Canned fruit usually contains a lot of sugar. In addition, the vitamin content leaves much to be desired compared to fresh fruits.
- Muesli: Many breakfast cereals and muesli are full of fat and sugar. And the famous muesli bars are not slim snacks, but sweet calorie bombs!
JolinchenKids – Fitness & Wellness Day Care Center
جولي It is a preventative program that promotes the health of daycare children. The focus of the program Diet, exercise and mental wellness. Little ones are taught in a playful way how to enjoy movement, healthy eating and wellbeing. The materials provided support teachers, help make health an exciting topic for children and engage parents. day care centers All parts of Germany can participate in the AOK program for free.
Want more information about the JolinchenKids program? AOK’s regional contact person will contact you: Contact JolinchenKids | AOK Rheinland / Hamburg