Have you ever had a fussy child? I’m not sure you could beat my four-year-old. He eats eggs, bananas, toast, carrots, milk and lasagna.
And it can’t touch other things on his plate. And it can’t be “speckled”. And the toast must be soft. And the carrots must be peeled to perfection.
In a busy household with three kids, he’s definitely the most difficult, diet-wise. (Or the easiest really if I just stick to his way of eating.)
But it can be a little stressful, can’t it? Ensuring our children get the best diet they possibly can.
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My latest strategy has been to try and tempt him through snacks. I am hoping that by providing a variety of new and varied snacks throughout the day he might start to like new foods.
Accredited Practicing Dietitian Amber Beaumont from Dairy Australia advised that using foods children already like is a good way to disguise the foods they won’t eat.
She said, “Some kids may not like fruit, so popping fruit into milk to make a smoothie is just as good with the added benefit of the nutrients in milk. Similarly, cheese sauce poured over veggies is a great way to get kids to eat them. Kids’ food preferences are often changing so keep offering them new foods and they might surprise you.”
It seems that our children’s diets can rank number one in the concerns we have about raising our kids.
According to Amber Beaumont, the number one worry we have is there being too much sugar in our kids’ diets and with one in four children aged 5 – 17 being overweight or obese, it is a massive issue.