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There are few things parents worry about more than what their kids are (or are not!) eating. Despite this being a common parental concern, there are few scientifically sound sources of nutrition or information for busy parents of primary school aged children. All parents want to provide the best nutritionally for their children but this needs to be via tasty, quick to prepare and most importantly, child friendly food options.
'Your Kids, Their Food' is your own nutrition bible for primary school aged kids starting with the core concepts of 'What is a healthy diet for kids', 'Meal planning for busy families' and getting the right nutrient mix for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 'Your Kids, Their Food' also targets specific food related issues including snacking, fussy eating and keeping weight problems under control. With plenty of tips, recipes and FAQs 'Your Kids, Their Food' is a must read for any parent who wants to put an end to the food fights for good without compromising good nutrition for growing kids.
Newsflash – generally speaking, kids do not like vegetables. Why? - Because we, the parents, are so desperate for them to eat something orange and green on a daily basis that we do not teach our kids to like vegetables. It is really that simple.
Think about it. Kids like the foods we teach them to like. We reward with lollies, party foods, even fruit on a daily basis; we teach them that they will get dessert if they eat their boring main meal. When they behave well we hand out sweet treats and take these away when they are not so good. It is our habit of craving and treating ourselves with sweet foods that basically infers that the rather bland tasting vegetables are inferior.
Here are some ideas on ways to increase your child’s vegetable intake:
First of all, do not make a fuss and insist that the children eat all their vegetables. Sometimes making a big deal and insisting that the child eat the vegetables can do more harm than good, with the child becoming more stubborn in an attempt to exert their independence.
Simply put the vegetables on the plate and encourage your child to try the vegetables. If they still do not want to eat them, allow them to leave them but at the next meal continue to put them on the plate. A child will eat the vegetables eventually if they are hungry. The key step for parents is to not offer the child any other types of food in place of the vegetables. When this occurs, the child learns that if they do not eat their peas or broccoli they will get extra potato or meat, which will in turn encourage them to keep refusing the vegetables.
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