Healthy children – healthy future: Why the right nutrition is so important

Oberberg – When it comes to health, nutrition plays a big role – parents know that, but how do our children learn it? The food pyramid and a number of recipe ideas can help.

What Hans does not learn, Hans learns with difficulty. Fruit, vegetables and whole grain bread or ready meals and fast food: The foundation for a healthy diet is laid early. Parents are role models. It is therefore in their hands to bring the variety of healthy foods closer to the young.

A balanced diet is especially important for children in the growth phase: they are constantly in motion, discovering the world around them, playing and learning, walking hand in hand – and for this their little bodies need lots of energy. The right diet not only recharges the “empty batteries”, but also promotes physical and mental development, performance and concentration and strengthens the immune system.

And: When properly seasoned, children find healthy food really tasty.

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 supplied with all the important nutrients. Many parents are unsure how to give their children a balanced diet. The food pyramid of the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfEE) offers a good orientation. It summarizes foods into eight groups and six levels and uses traffic light colors to explain which foods are often part of a healthy diet and which are eaten in moderation.

The traffic light colors make the choice easier:

Green stands for foods that children can eat often and in abundance.

Yellow means that the products must be included in moderation.

Red In other words, children should only be given these foods on rare occasions.

Recipe tips for pizza soup

A healthy soup that tastes like pizza? Yes, there is The recipe for this is available from Vigo, an AOK health portal.

Sweets: The most common sugar traps

Too much snacking is unhealthy, everyone knows that. Because if you want to eat healthy, you should save on fat and sugar. But once in a while, something sweet needs to be simple. But watch out for the supposedly healthy alternatives:

Fruit is not just fruit! What manufacturers disguise as a “healthy snack”, for example apple and banana chips, is on closer inspection a real fat trap. Cut and fried in oil, the fruit is nicely crisp, but also very high in calories: 100 grams of banana chips have 511 calories and 26.5 grams of fat. Healthy alternatives are fresh and unsweetened dried fruit.

The 4 most common sugar traps:

  • Yogurt: healthy? In principle, this is true. However, many fruit-flavoured varieties must be classified as sweets due to their sugar content. In extreme cases, they contain almost as much sugar as a glass of cola.
  • Soft drinks: Stay away from lemonade, cola and iced tea to quench your thirst! With sometimes more than 30 pieces of sugar per liter, soft drinks 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 fruit.
  • Muesli: Many breakfast cereals and muesli are full of fat and sugar. And the popular muesli bars are not slim snacks, but sweet calorie bombs!
Creative healthy children’s food: ladybird bread, spaghetti face, fried eggs. WDR shows how this works in a contribution.

JolinchenKids – fit and healthy in day care

JolinchenBørn is a prevention program that promotes the health of day care children. The program’s focus Diet, exercise and mental well-being. The little ones learn in a playful way to enjoy movement, healthy food and well-being. The materials provided support the educators and help to make health an exciting topic for children and to involve the parents. day care institutions throughout Germany can participate in the AOK program for free.

Would you like more information about the JolinchenKids program? Your regional AOK contact person will contact you: Contact JolinchenKids | AOK Rheinland/Hamburg

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