Teaching healthy eating habits is one of the greatest gifts parents can give their children, yet it’s not always an easy task. Children pose many mealtime challenges and often fall short on nutrition, but that’s where Lisa Lanzano, MS, RDN, and the registered dietitian nutritionists at Essential Nutrition in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, can help. Their team specializes in child nutrition and helping parents navigate meal planning. To learn about child nutrition services, call the nearest office or book an appointment online.
Child nutrition follows the same basic guidelines as adults. Children need a balanced diet that includes nutrient-dense proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and dairy foods. At the same time, they should limit added sugars and salt.
Children don’t need to follow a low-fat diet. Their diet should include the recommended daily intake because fats help build hormones, nerves, and healthy cells. Fats also help the body absorb vitamins.
The type of fats children eat is important, however. Children often get fats from fried foods, fast foods, and sweets. Healthy fat choices include peanut butter, avocado, fish, yogurt, and milk.
Providing the nutrition your child needs is challenging for many reasons, but these are the top two problems parents often ask about:
It’s not easy to determine how much food your child needs to stay healthy. Guidelines are often given in terms of daily calories, and it’s time consuming to calculate how many calories you put on the plate. The team at Essential Nutrition can help you learn about portions, nutrient-dense foods, and balanced meals.
Parents can prepare and serve the food, but they can’t force children to eat. Engaging in a battle over food never helps children learn proper eating habits, and it doesn’t motivate picky eaters to eat.
If you need tips for getting your child to eat or you’re worried that they’re missing nutrients due to picky eating, we can evaluate their nutritional status, determine which supplements they may need to stay healthy, and give you some tips to get around picky eating.
Children fall way below the recommended intake of fruits, vegetables, and dairy. That means they face potential deficiencies in fiber and essential nutrients, including potassium and calcium.
One of the most significant nutritional problems facing children is obesity. Nearly one-third of children are overweight or obese due to unhealthy eating habits.
Being overweight sets children up for serious health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and high cholesterol. These conditions were once considered adult diseases, but they now affect children due to obesity.
Whether you need help navigating your child’s nutrition, your child is a picky eater, or you face the challenge of providing nutrition for a child who is sick, the team at Essential Nutrition has the expertise to help. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking feature today.