Here are some ideas for you, the childcare practitioner, to use in your day. The following PDF link provides meal and snack ideas, tips to add more physical activity into your day and some general ideas that will help you be a great role model. This PDF contains pages from both the Healthy Eating & Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Physical Activity & Screen Time manuals that are just for adults.
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Eat a variety of healthy foods each day.
- Have plenty of vegetables and fruits
- Choose whole grain foods
- Eat protein foods
- Make water your drink of choice
On half of the plate are vegetables and fruits. On one-quarter of the plate are protein foods (lean meat, chicken, variety of nuts and seeds, lentils, eggs, tofu, yogourt, fish, beans). On the remaining one-quarter of the plate are whole grain foods (whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, wild rice, red quinoa, brown rice).
Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat.
- Be mindful of your eating habits
- Cook more often
- Enjoy your food
- Eat meals with others
- Use food labels
- Limit foods high in sodium, sugar and saturated fats
- Be aware of food marketing