I don’t have any children myself, but one of my close friends has a young daughter and the two of them come to visit fairly often. Last weekend, I made lunch for the three of us but she barely touched her food. Her dad told me that it’s not my food, she is like this even at home. This had me a bit concerned as it is important for growing kids to eat enough. After searching on Google, here is the useful info I found. Hopefully it will be helpful to those of you who have fussy eating kids.
It is only natural for kids to refuse food and it is even more natural for parents to worry about their kids’ health, but diet specialists all around the world are of the opinion that what your children eats today is not of importance – instead, they say, pay attention to the food your fussy eaters get in a week. It seems that, like with all people, the appetite of our toddlers may shift and its lack is not a problem as long as it comes back later.
The specialists say that parents need to remember their childhood and the times when they were not interested in healthy eating for kids. Adults and kids have different capacities and everyone have felt the change at some point of their lives – when a portion of their favourite food was no longer enough to satiate them and a second one was necessary. It is the same with our kids, who we hurry to name fussy eaters, forgetting that we were the same once. Different people have different capacity and levels of appetite and it is important not to force our kids after they have reached their limit – or we may push the limit even lower.
According to the scientists, the best way to find out whether your kids are eating enough is to pay attention of their behaviour. If they are constantly healthy, have enough energy to play and are gaining weight, then the food is enough and you are worrying without a reason. If, however, your kids are too skinny, ill more often than not and always tired, you are probably right and you will have to find a way to improve your kids’ health by convincing them to eat more. Luckily, there are many ways to do that, so all the healthy and easy recipes for kids you have found may be used sooner or later.
You will also need to make sure that your kids eat some products from each of the four food groups – dairy products, proteins, vegetables and fruits and starch. It doesn’t matter if the foods belonging to these four groups are always the same – as long as all the necessary substances are in your fussy eaters’ body, you don’t have to worry for your kids’ health. There are, of course, many healthy snacks for kids that you may want to try – some of them are extremely popular amongst children, while with others you may not be very lucky.
A good idea when it comes to making fussy eaters eat is to follow certain eating rules. For example, try to always eat together, as a family – this may work on the psychology of your kids and make them enjoy the meals. Try to avoid adding salt (or too much salt) to your kids’ food. Always be patient – your kid may be a slow eater and it is better to wait and encourage than to shout. Whatever ways you use to make your fussy eaters eat, remember that the process should always be interesting and enjoyable for them.