According to a recent study, almost 2 billion people in the world are currently obese, with 13% of it being in the U.S. When you look at the numbers there will be lots to comprehend. It all owe to the poor dietary and lifestyle choices which they follow starting right from the childhood.
If we get the childhood nutrition right, then we can definitely equip them for a better future. Following are some tips which will help them do just that:
1. Cook it in a fun way
Let’s admit. Everyone, including us, is more likely to go for a burger rather than an apple when both are placed on the same shelf. And why shouldn’t we? It tastes good, right? And, we also have our psychology as such but a burger is not nutritionally fulfilling. So, the key is that one should cook whatever food they are cooking in a fun way that pleases the taste buds but are also visually appealing to the children.
2. Include food from all the food groups
Vegetables, Legumes and beans
Fruits and salads
Cereals and other food with high fibres
Lean meat including fish, poultry and eggs
Milk, cheese and yogurt
It is important to have a balanced meal as it accelerates the growth of the child and provides them with all the necessary nutrients required to grow both physically and mentally.
3. Break the meals into smaller components
It is important to break the meals into small components as it prevents nutrient overload and makes it easier for the body to absorb. It also has many health benefits and reduces bloating.
4. Grow your own food
In such busy times, this might serve as a challenge, but when you have kids at such small age in your home, then you need nothing but the best for them. It is difficult to trust what you buy from supermarkets as you may not know what goes into producing them but if you are willing to go the extra mile then you can be assured that your kid eats nothing but the best.
These are some of the ways to get your children to eat nutritional stuff. The most important part of their going is food. The adverse effects of improper nutrition will show up only when children grow up as adults. This is the reason as to why we have to focus on the dietary pattern of children. Help them to eat healthy food items playfully so they will not realize the pain of eating. Of course, there is a difference between butter chicken and broccoli, but there are many ways to make broccoli tasty as well. So change your cooking methods, and things might change!