We are a family of foodies — my children, me and my husband have all grown up in environments where the kitchen was the heart of the home.  Cooking and baking mixed with deep conversations and lots of laughter was a natural groove.

As I entered my twenties, I became more self-conscious about the types of food I put into my body.  This became more imperative when I later found out I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which affects my natural hormonal balance and glucose.  Which means what I consumed mattered a whole lot.  My PCOS spiralled into an infertility roller coaster when my husband and I were ready to start a family.  During this time, I became much more in-tune with my body and that includes the foods that go into it.  It’s really amazing our human composition and the benefits (and also the repercussions) of the foods that you eat.  Now, as a mother, my mindfulness in nutrition still remains, firm and fundamental in the lives of my family.

As you may remember last year I introduced my children to the NFt (Nutrition Facts table) and how to use it to make better and more informed food choices.  My kids took away a lot of important information with it that has continued to this day.  Now that my son has grown immensely over the past few months, he has been showing a lot more interest in food and nutrition, intrigued and wanting to emulate his older sister.

Do your children take interest in knowing what goes into their foods/snacks?

Time to Focus on the Facts

Recently we put on our thinking hats (or more like our “Sherlock Holmes hat”) and played a little Nutrition Fact-Finding.  The main goal was to teach our children how to best use the Nutrition Facts table (NFt) to make informed food choices by starting with the Serving Size and then looking at the Percent Daily Value (% DV). By using the Serving Size and % DV in the NFt, they can choose foods that have more of the nutrients they want like fibre and calcium, and less of those they don’t want, like saturated and trans fats and sodium.   Guide to help you Focus on the Facts:

  • Serving Size: Start with Serving Size. Information in the NFt is based on this quantity of food. If you eat a different amount than the Serving Size, you will need to adjust the numbers in the NFt. Check to see if the Serving Sizes are similar when comparing packaged food.
  • Percent Daily Value: Use % DV to see if a Serving Size has a little or a lot of a nutrient. Use % DV to compare packaged food.
  • Nutrient: 5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot. Choose packaged food that has more of the nutrients you want, like fibre and calcium, and less of those you don’t, like saturated and trans fats and sodium.
You and your children can learn more about how to read the Nutrition Facts table and its benefits by visiting Canada.ca/NutritionFacts. So I can totally admit I am not perfect (who is?) and enjoy a little sugary or salty treat every now and then and I also allow my children to enjoy sometimes too, but the most important thing is knowing your limits and also ingraining the importance of nutritional education into your children so that they grow to make their own informed and smart decisions when it comes to what they choose to eat and how to stay Focused on the Facts.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the Nutrition Education Facts Campaign; however, all opinions expressed are entirely those of the author.

112 Comments on Do Your Kids Focus on the Facts? #Contest

  1. The best way to teach children is by example. I like to keep healthy foods at home, and let them know in the store which ingredients are unhealthy.

  2. I try and teach my nephews that you can have some not so healthy foods once in a while but try to keep on the healthy stuff daily

  3. I tell them to try and always eat fresh as often as they can and to select the dark colour fruits and veggies.It goes without saying that processed foods of any sort are a no no.

  4. I read the labels to make healthier choices for my family.Some of them are diabetic so I like to check the sodium content too.There is a lot of valuable information to become aware of on those labels.

  5. we always read the labels together and check out the sugar and fat content. i want them to be informed little shoppers too!

  6. We cook from scratch, grow a vegetable garden, read the labels together and talk about good food a lot. I have a big challenge though, how can I explain to my kids that lunch mates are the junkiest junk without them repeating it to at least 1/4 of their classmates who gets them for lunch?! Mind you that stuff isn’t cheap, so at least I hope that won’t offend the parents who buy them because they can’t afford anything else, because a lot of good things are actually cheaper.

  7. We have a garden and they get to help pick carrots and lettuce. It’s a way of making food real to them, and a way of showing what’s healthy.

  8. My girls are young so I keep it simple- “sometimes foods” versus “all the time foods”, encouraging them to make healthy choices and cheering them on when they do, and setting a good example and discussing my choices!

  9. I teach them by being an example and eating healthy myself, my showing them that cooking in oil is not the healthiest wayt o cook things

  10. I get the kids to meal plan with me and the older kids are a big part of meal prep. We talk about serving size and daily values ie how many veg and fruit servings per day.

  11. I teach them what kinds of foods are healthy and how to read the labels. I also let them help in the kitchen, hoping that they will develop a passion for food.

  12. I’ve always provide real food and lots of fresh produce. We don’t eat a ton of boxed/processed foods, and what we do I already read the label so I know what is in it.

  13. Children watch, so if you eat good and do what your supposed to do the kids will follow, so encourage the healthy lifestyle!!

  14. I teach my children about healthy eating mainly by example (we eat little junk in our home)… I take them grocery shopping with me and limit their junk food and get them to try fruits and vegetables and also involve them in the kitchen and have them cook with me.

  15. I have started promoting “healthy eating in 2017” with my girls, encouraging them to snack less and make healthier food choices.

  16. We keep it simple so far, trying to ‘eat a rainbow’, but I do use serving sizes to keep snack proportions from getting out of hand for ALL of us.

  17. I try to encourage my kids to look for foods with more fibre. But mostly I encourage them to look at the big picture and focus on a healthy diet overall!

  18. You start them when they’re young – introducing them to fruits/vegetables. Also portion size & calories & try to avoid over-processed foods.

  19. I try to show them that good food can taste good , always keep more healthy food around then junk food and they are more likely to grab something good !

  20. I teach my child about healthy eating by showing her where our food comes from. She helps me garden and choose fresh produce at the grocery store. We talk about choices and fueling our bodies with good food.

  21. I told them we need to have a balanced diet and to avoid having too many processed food. I try to encourage them to eat more homemade food by getting them involve in cooking or baking

  22. I always teach them what’s healthy and what’s not. Healthy options as snacks and how many unhealthy snacks they can have per week/day.

  23. We have started changing our eating habits so my daughter is quite aware of the changes, we have many discussions about it & watch healthy recipe shows. But in this generation it’s been more my daughter teaching ME. I grew up in a world of processed foods but this generation is more aware of organics, the dangers of fats, sodium & sugars, & healthy eating, as it’s taught more in schools & in the media than when I was growing up.

  24. Fresh veggies all the time, salads with almost every supper meal, fruits for snacks, making meals at home and not prepackaged meals from the store. If people don’t know how to cook, they’ll have to buy the prepackaged, but if they know how to make soups and such, they’ll want that taste over a canned good.

  25. we teach them to look at the ingredients on the packaging and see how much sugar, fat, etc it contains and do they believe it is good for them compared to the alternative (ie, apple vs candy bar)

  26. We teach the grandchildren about healthy choices and why they are important for us to eat them. We teach them why some products are just not healthy and the reasons why.

  27. I try to eat healthy myself so I can lead by example. I also like to point out colourful foods (which usually = veggies), and the importance of a balanced meal.

  28. We talk about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables and encourage them to look at the food labels especially the fat and sodium levels

  29. I actually haven’t really taught my children about healthy eating yet ! In time I will be able to but my girls are 2.5 and 4.5 so still to young to understand and my oldest who might be able to understand a bit is autistic so it is kind of hard to know. But I do make sure I am educated with healthy eating so that I can provide that for my girls

  30. Lead by choosing and eating healthy food ourselves. Involving them in helping to make the food is a great way to teach too.

  31. If I had children, I would teach them about the nutrients in food and how some are better than others. I would teach them about percentage daily value so they would know if they are getting a lot of a nutrient or not. By educating on these facts, they can make informed food choices.

  32. When my children were young they helped me prepare meals. We would talk about why meals made from fresh ingredients were the best because they had more nutrients. We had a Canada Food Guide on the fridge and they used to enjoy making sure we had all the food groups in the meal. It kept me on my toes too!

  33. I try to cook healthy meals for the kids. I try to get them to pack smart lunches. I hope to encourage the kids to start reading the labels of the packages.

  34. When taking them grocery shopping, we spend more time in the produce and when picking up items I tend to point out the label to them especially on food items they want to buy.

  35. I like shopping with the kids getting them to choose the veggies and fruit. They do not think that potatoes grow in the ground looking like french fries. 🙂

  36. We grow most of our own food. For some odd reason carrot sticks are better than cooked carrots. I oft times say ‘eat your veggies’

  37. We talk about how the best foods are the ones closest to their natural state and try using unfamiliar produce by trying new recipes.

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