Easy digestion for gentle tummies

Easy digestion for gentle tummies

While it’s important to plan a well-rounded diet for your growing toddler, there are certain considerations in food selection, planning, and preparation that will help make digestion that bit easier. Following these simple tips can help tune your child’s digestive health, and open the gateway to nutritional benefits.

Avoid food with preservatives

Avoid food with preservatives
It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that most processed foods contain preservatives that complicate digestion, especially in a gentle tummy that isn’t sure what to do with them. Stick to natural, whole foods simply because the body naturally recognises them.

Avoid food with preservatives
It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that most processed foods contain preservatives that complicate digestion, especially in a gentle tummy that isn’t sure what to do with them. Stick to natural, whole foods simply because the body naturally recognises them.

Don’t overload
Children’s tummies aren’t just gentle, they’re tiny too. As adults, we may not realise that giving them too much can add pressure to the body’s ability to break down and assimilate nutrients. Eating small, frequent meals is easier on their tummies, and keeps it interesting too.

Don’t overload
Children’s tummies aren’t just gentle, they’re tiny too. As adults, we may not realise that giving them too much can add pressure to the body’s ability to break down and assimilate nutrients. Eating small, frequent meals is easier on their tummies, and keeps it interesting too.

Food combinations
Based on the principle that certain food groups are easily digested together (e.g. fish and non-starchy vegetables), while others are harder for digestion (e.g. starches and meat), it makes good sense to plan your child’s meals around these combinations.

Food combinations
Based on the principle that certain food groups are easily digested together (e.g. fish and non-starchy vegetables), while others are harder for digestion (e.g. starches and meat), it makes good sense to plan your child’s meals around these combinations.

Tenderising meat
When giving meat to your child, proper tenderisation, cooking and puree-ing can break down its fibres and connective tissues and improve its digestibility. Pounding, marinating in apple juice, stewing and simmering in broth are great methods to prepare meat that’s easily digestible.

Tenderising meat
When giving meat to your child, proper tenderisation, cooking and puree-ing can break down its fibres and connective tissues and improve its digestibility. Pounding, marinating in apple juice, stewing and simmering in broth are great methods to prepare meat that’s easily digestible.

Eat first, drink later
It may not be a commonly known fact, but drinking liquids while eating can dilute digestive juices, leading to slower digestion. Certain enzymes on the other hand, can promote digestion, so fruits such as pineapple and papaya would be a better meal accompaniment than that glass of water.

Eat first, drink later
It may not be a commonly known fact, but drinking liquids while eating can dilute digestive juices, leading to slower digestion. Certain enzymes on the other hand, can promote digestion, so fruits such as pineapple and papaya would be a better meal accompaniment than that glass of water.

Eat more fibre
Eating more fibre is generally easy for adults but kids may have their own ideas. To increase your child’s fibre intake, you may need to resort to kid-friendly ideas such as leaving the peel on apples and potatoes, berries with seeds (e.g. raspberries), and high-fibre cereal with dried fruits in them.

Eat more fibre
Eating more fibre is generally easy for adults but kids may have their own ideas. To increase your child’s fibre intake, you may need to resort to kid-friendly ideas such as leaving the peel on apples and potatoes, berries with seeds (e.g. raspberries), and high-fibre cereal with dried fruits in them.

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