- Avoid rewarding kids with sweets, candies and chocolates
- Families should eat healthy food because kids do what they see
- Include a colourful variety of foods on kids’ plate to make it appealing
Kids nutrition: The kind of your nutrients that your child is taking begins at home. Parents have take the responsibility that their kids eat a variety of foods to get sufficient carbs, protein, fats, omega-3 fatty acids and other essential vitamins and minerals. If your child is a picky eater, this task may be a little challenging. However, with a few tips and tricks like-making your kids’ plate filled with colourful foods or feeding them when they are actually hungry, making them eat without any distraction-can help kids consume a healthy and balanced diet. Along with a proper diet, physical activity is also important for kids’ growth and development. Minimum of 60 minutes of play time is important for children.
Kids nutrition: Nutrition guidelines for pre-schoolers
In one of her recent videos on Instagram, nutritionist Nmami Agarwal talks about nutrition guidelines for pre-schoolers. She gives the following tips to take care of nutrition intake of children in this age group:
1. Kids in their pre-school age can eat what rest of the family eats. It is thus important that the family eats healthy, home-cooked food most of the times. Your child will always follow your footsteps. If you eat foods like instant noodles or roadside junk food in front of them, they are likely to develop cravings for the same.
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2. Do not feed junk food or unhealthy food to your child. Doing this will make your child develop a palate for these salty and processed food; and the time will soon come when your child hates everything that you cook at home.
3. In order to enable kids to eat healthy, Nmami shares a ‘my plate’ design. This can enable parents to include a variety of foods in kids’ diet in a balanced way. My plate is a design which is divided into 5 categories of food groups. It includes fruits, grains, vegetables, protein and dairy. “Eating ‘my plate’ way essentially means filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Fruits are dedicated a slightly lesser space than vegetables. The other half of ‘my plate’ needs to be filled with grains and proteins where more space is given to grains and lesser space is given to proteins,” says Nmami while suggesting that the plate should be filled colourful foods. This will not only add variety to the plate but also make the food look more appealing for kids.