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How to develop healthy eating habits in kids

posted 3 Jan 2014, 17:51 by Rajmi Arun   [ updated 3 Jan 2014, 17:52 ]
Children are always picky eaters. They have their own preferences of food when it comes to eating any course. It is always a challenge for mothers to make thier kids eat balanced diet. Mothers have to make the food appealing and tempting too.

Kids have their own taste and choices. On analysis one can get an idea as to how to present the food in an appealing way that will make the kids eat it. By this way nutritious food can be served to the kids.

Preaching while eating never works. Many mothers tend to talk to their kids about the benefits of eating greens, or benefits of drinking milk. By doing so, they are making the kids get an aversion towards the food that is presented before them.

Give the kids examples of their favourite heros and talk to them about how they have become so strong by eating healthy and nutritious food. But this talk should be done when the kids are in a very amicable mood and not while they are eating.

Be it a joint family or a nuclear family, it is better for the whole family to sit and eat atleast one meal together . This will help the kids observe the eating habits of adults(ofcourse adult should also follow a healthy and balanced diet eating habit).

Though occasional eating out is ok, it is better to make the kids prefer home cooked food. Be it full course meal or snacks for occasional munching, anything prepared at home is better than that is purchased from shops.

Importance should also be given to the choice of kids while cooking. If kids like to eat the food, especially curries a bit fried and crispy, making it that way once in a while, will make them eat the same in other forms too.

Filling the panrty and fridge with lots of nutrious things, fruits, fruit juices(fresh ones and not areated), will make the kids choose them first then going for high caloried fried snacks and chips.

Last but not the least, kids should never be offerred chocolates or other goodies as a reward for eating vegetables and fruits.
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