It’s indeed convenient to rely on fast food or fried food (like hotdogs, chicken nuggets and the like) to feed your little one. They’re easy to order or prepare and most of all, the kids love it! While it’s not a bad idea from time to time, everybody knows that a child’s meal should consist of nothing but nutritious food which is essential to their growth.
Here are 3 easy ways you can try to make your toddler eat healthier:
Offer a wide variety of food
Growing children need to eat 3 meals and 2 filling snacks along with plenty of fluids per day. This means that you have a lot of opportunity to offer them plenty of healthy options. Yogurt, carrot sticks and pretzels are some good options to start with. Be sure to have stock in your car or in their bag if you’re going to be out the whole day to prevent from resorting to fast food.
Introduce healthy food slowly
One important thing to keep in mind is that children, by nature, are reluctant to try new food, especially if they haven’t seen or tasted anything like it before. You can explain to them that oftentimes, one would need to get used to a food’s flavour first before they end up liking it.
You can also try serving green peas, for example, in different ways just to make them familiar with it. The first few times they might not try it, but once they see it often on the dinner table, they might be willing to get a taste especially if they see you and everyone else enjoying it.
Be a good example
Children love to mimic their parents and the adults around them. The same goes around the dinner table. If you set an example by eating healthy, nutritious food all the time, they’ll definitely think it’s the norm. If you must have your junk food or your fast food, consider eating those without your child/children seeing.
It’s not that they can’t have fast food or sweets, it’s just that during this time that you’re trying to make them eat healthier, it’s crucial to surround them with just the food that you want them to start eating.
While undergoing through this process, it’s important to remember that children shouldn’t be deprived of their favorite foods. If they want hotdogs, give them some from time to time to make sure they’re still eating!