With a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for obesity-related conditions in the last decade, there’s never been a more important time to look seriously at how to encourage a balanced diet for children. So how can we help our children eat healthily?
One of the problems we face is that healthy eating has a bad image. Who’d want to go without their favourite treats or eat nothing but vegetables just to get that so-called balanced diet?
That’s why Slimming World’s Free2Go plan, designed especially for 11-15 year olds, helps young members eat a balanced diet without pain and deprivation. By reducing the less healthy options (but without banning them!), discovering ‘cool swaps’ and tasty recipes, it creates a balanced diet for children that’s realistic, practical and fun!
Our young members get a specially written booklet to guide them on healthy options (with some surprising and tasty meal ideas!) explaining in an accessible way what it is that makes a food healthy or not.
A healthy balanced diet for children, the Food Optimising way
A typical day’s eating for a Free2Go member:
Breakfast – scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans and wholemeal toast
Lunch – baked potato with tuna and sweetcorn, followed by a toffee yogurt and sliced banana
Dinner – homemade meatballs and spaghetti, topped with cheese
Supper – Shreddies topped with strawberries
Snacks – a bag of Quavers, unlimited fruit, boiled eggs, sugar-free jelly
With the support of their Consultant and fellow group members, Free2Go really helps young people make positive lifestyle and diet changes in gradual steps.
A balanced diet for children – top tips
- Make some ‘cool swaps’ at meal times – switching chicken nuggets for grilled chicken breast, for example.
- Load up their lunchbox with healthy alternatives to crisps and chocolate – eg, chicken legs, fruit cocktail, boiled egg, Babybel cheese, Ryvita Minis.
- Homemade burgers, chips or fish fingers make a nourishing tea that’s just as tasty as the less-healthy shop-bought versions
Read more information on Slimming World's Free2Go plan and how to encourage a balanced diet for your child.
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.