Prepping two meals every evening – one for the adults and another for kids – is a real hassle and a habit that’s best avoided at all costs… for many reasons.
It’s not uncommon for parents to enjoy a nutrient dense meal, jam-packed with vegetables, flavour and good quality protein, while the kiddies’ meal consists of pasta and cheese or chicken nuggets. Sticking to the same repetitive kiddies meals and limiting the foods that we serve our children, often means we may be depriving them of essential nutrients. Kids deserve quality, and a varied, balanced diet, which is so important for their overall development. This is something that I’m passionate about and that I discuss in depth in my book.
But, it’s no surprise that kids’ meals often differ from their parents. I see it all the time talking to parents in my workshops; over half of all toddlers falling into the category of ‘fussy eaters’, many parents assume that their child won’t be open to trying certain flavours or textures. For example, white bread, rice and pasta are often popular choices for young children because they’re among the few things they will eat and it’s so much easier than going to battle over food every day. However, in the long term, only feeding them these foods doesn’t make for a healthy diet.