Just in case you missed this article on the Mommy Matters website, here are some interesting tips to help Mom’s ensure healthy nutrition for their kiddies…
This goes without saying – ensuring a child has the correct nutrition for growth and health is vital. Not only is it important now, but providing the correct food at a young age instils healthy habits which your child will carry with them for a healthy and happy future.
So let’s focus on instilling these healthy habits using the tips below:
- Mix it up: offer your child different and new foods, even if it’s just a bite. This will help them develop a variety of food preferences
- Never force feed your child: this will only cause an aversion to those foods, as they associate it with punishment
- Healthy stash: stock your cupboards and fridge with healthy foods such as fruit, veggies (washed, chopped and ready to much) and yoghurt
- Cut the salt: you do not need to add salt to foods. Rather start your child on a good foot – prevent using salt to reduce the risk for high blood pressure later on in life. Remember salty foods become a preference when your taste buds get used to the saltiness
- Avoid sugar and bad fats: sweets, chocolates, chips and biscuits should be limited to once a week. Also don’t make a fuss about eating these luxury foods – try be neutral.
- Be a clever (sneaky) chef: often children don’t want to eat fruits and veggies – Disguise them in juices, smoothies, soups and stews
- Alter cooking methods (for example mash or grill sweet potatoes) to keep meals fun and interesting
- Drop the “clean plate” rule: don’t force your child to finish the whole plate of food if they are too full. This will help them develop satiety cues, to prevent overeating
- Instil routine: follow a regular diet pattern (3 meals and 2-3 snacks)
- Be a great role model: fill your plate with healthy greens, snack on fruit, eat lean proteins and whole-grains