Worried About Your Little One's Diet?
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Worried About Your Little One’s Diet?

Kids are notoriously fussy when it comes to food. A food they loved yesterday they might hate today, and something they spat out last week can become their favourite tomorrow – it’s difficult to keep up! Sometimes kids go through fussy periods for months or even years at a time where there’s only certain foods they’ll eat, and as parents, this can be stressful. Our kids nutrition is always a top priority, as we understand how it’s the foundation to their overall health – we know that they need the right vitamins and minerals to properly grow and thrive. If you’re worried about your child’s diet, there are a few things you can do to help improve the situation. Here are some ideas.

Use a toddler milk

When your baby is drinking breast milk or baby formula, you have peace of mind that they’re getting everything they need in their diet. However, once you move them on to foods, it’s difficult to know if all of the right food groups, vitamins and minerals are being covered. If your toddler isn’t a good eater or is very fussy, adding a specially formulated toddler milk like this one by Bubbahood to their diet essentially covers you on all bases. It supplements their diet and gives you peace of mind that their growing bodies are getting everything they need.

Eat as a family

Eating together as a family has so many benefits. It helps to keep your bond as a family close, and promotes positive attitudes around food to your child. Research shows that it lowers the chance of things like childhood obesity, and even teen pregnancy and drug use! This is because families that eat together tend to be closer, with children speaking to their parents about issues they face instead of giving in directly to peer pressure. Instead of feeding children and adults separately, make it a habit to eat together from a young age. Let your child see you filling up on healthy, home cooked food.

Get them involved in the cooking process

Research has shown time and time again that kids who have been involved in the cooking process in some way are more likely to try what they’ve made and be more open to it. It could be something as simple as snipping herbs with child safe scissors, washing vegetables or stirring. Use the time to teach them about ingredients and talk to them about food and health.

Make healthy snacks available

Healthy snacking is an important part of a healthy diet. Make good snacks available to your children and let them choose when they can have them. Cut up vegetables and put them into tupperware pots in the fridge, have a big bowl of fruit they can help themselves to. Unlike junk food, these aren’t the kinds of things that as humans we will over indulge in. If a child is reaching for a piece of fruit between mealtimes, you know they’re genuinely hungry. Instead of reserving ‘treats’ in the home such as chocolate and crisps, just don’t buy them. If they’re never an option then kids won’t miss them, and will get used to snacking on healthier things instead.

Sneak goodness into things they’ll eat

If you struggle getting your kids to eat certain nutritious foods, sneaking them into meals is a great way to go about improving their diet. Fruit smoothies are something most kids will drink, make them up with some fresh berries, banana and natural yoghurt for a healthy, sweet breakfast. Just be sure to get the portion right here, and treat them as a meal rather than a snack due to the sugar content which can damage teeth. Use a processor to finely chop vegetables and mix these into ground meat. This can then be used as a base for lasagne, chilli, shepherds pie and all kinds of things. Once it’s flavoured with the meat and sauce, kids will have no idea it’s bursting with veg.

Don’t stress at mealtimes

Finally, keep mealtimes as stress free as possible. As difficult as it is, getting annoyed or making a huge deal of your child not finishing what’s on their plate will only make the situation worse. Do your best to remain positive and upbeat, not every dish you present to your child is going to go down a storm, but work on creating healthy recipes they will eat and give them a boost of hidden veg where you can.

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