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Creative cooking for budding taste buds

Your child, like any other little person, will naturally begin to develop taste preferences as he grows. Forcing him to eat what he doesn’t want to will most likely end up in tears, yet avoiding his least favourite foods at this age will guarantee you a little picky eater. So what’s the best solution?

Top 8 foods kids love to hate

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.

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Download and print these fun recipe cards to keep them handy in the kitchen.

Good eating habits – the foundation of good health

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 adequately

Chew up to 30 times before swallowing your food.

Drink water often

Sufficient hydration leads to better digestion, and overall health too.

Mindful eating
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.

Eat breakfast
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.