- NUTRITIONAL WELLNESS
- KNOW YOUR SERVING
- BODY SMART
- MEAL PLANNING
- TIPS & TRICKS
- UNDERSTANDING FOOD LABELS
There is no “picky eater??? gene that is passed on from parent to child. In the interest of full disclosure, however, instilling proper eating habits in your children at an early onset is hard work that requires a lot of patience, time, and attempts. First things first, though: you have to be a good role model when it comes to food choices and healthy eating, otherwise, it’s a double-edged battle. (Plus you don’t have to deal with thinking up a reply to “But how come you don’t finish your peas, Mommy???? when your adorable little one learns to talk and make observations.)
A clean-plate rule can cause children to overeat. Avoid forcing children to finish what’s on their plate when the portions aren’t age-appropriate. Offer them food when it’s time to eat and when they refuse, step away. Help them learn to gauge their hunger.Children like to feel that they’re in control, so offer them a choice.
Children’s eating habits form the building blocks of their lifestyle, determine their food choices as grownups, and can reflect how healthy or unhealthy they’ll generally be. If you think of it that way, then spending that extra 10 minutes in the kitchen to “prettify??? your child’s plate becomes a worthwhile investment of time and energy.
Pair Up: An Adventure For Your Little One’s Palate
Pretending that the spoon is an airplane and your child’s mouth is a cave will no longer work once your child realizes you’re only doing it to make him open his mouth. How about this: pairing up your kids’ favourite foods with a new one they have yet to try (and hopefully love, too)! Melt their favourite cheese onto whole wheat bread. Or turn their daily dose of NIDO Fortified Milk into a fruit smoothie by mixing in a new fruit flavour they haven’t tried yet. You can never go wrong when you’ve got their favourite milk; so experiment, mix, and serve it every time the kids are game for something new.