Getting a child to eat what he dislikes isn’t always as frustrating as it seems, and sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity, or some really good ideas. Here are 8 printable recipe cards that show you how to turn common food enemies into friends.
All parents are naturally concerned about what their child eats for nutrition and development. However, there are certain fundamental eating habits you can encourage that will lead to a lifetime of benefits. Here are a few.
Try everything at least once
You can’t say you don’t like it until you try it.
Chew up to 30 times before swallowing your food.
Drink water often
Sufficient hydration leads to better digestion, and overall health too.
Pay attention to what you’re eating, e.g. flavours, textures, colours.
Eat small portions
Overeating can lead to indigestion, and in extreme cases, obesity.
Don’t rush through meals
Taking time to eat is not necessarily a bad thing – it helps in digestion.
There’s a reason why it’s the most important meal of the day. Make it a habit for life.
Eat at regular times
One of the best habits you can cultivate in your child for better gastric health.
No TV dinners
Distractions take the attention away from eating, which can affect digestion.
Give your child an extra dose of nutrition every day.
Parmesan crusted asparagus [recipe]: http://www.maryannjacobsen.com/2010/01/kids-vegetables-parmesan-crustedasparagus, Recipe for Brussels sprouts chips: http://inspiredrd.com/2012/03/brussels-sprouts-chips, Avocado ice cream recipe: http://www.healthextremist.com/avocado-ice-cream-recipe, Carrot crinkle fries: http://glitterandbubbles.com/carrot-crinkle-fries, Crunchy roasted green peas recipe: http://www.superhealthykids.com/crunchy-roasted-green-peas, Cauliflower mashed “potatoes” recipe: http://steamykitchen.com/20966-cauliflower-mashed-potatoesrecipe.html, Pasta recipes for babies: the joy of cream cheese: http://mamacook.blogspot.sg/2011/01/joy-of-cream-cheese.html, Papaya popsicle recipe – improves digestion and response to heat stress: http://www.codetowellness.com/papaya-popsicle-recipe
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