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Most parents realize that different kinds of vegetables should be a significant part of their kid′s daily diet because vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins as well as minerals. Regretfully, most of the parents face a very difficult time getting their children to eat few if any vegetables every day. First of all, it is important for you to know that by colored vegetables we mean different varieties of vegetables that are consumed raw, boiled, steamed or stir fried in little oil. This does not include French fries or any other deep fried vegetable!
As a parent you must make sure that you child eats vegetables in good quantity. We understand that it is easier said than done. Do not ever force your child to eat vegetables that will turn the meal time into war time. The more you force him the more he will avoid them. As a parent you have to change the way you cook or present the vegetables. Creative methods to get your child to have more veggies can include disguising them with other food products, like in a vegetable sandwich. You can even chop up lots of vegetables and mix them in noodles, soups, omelets etc or even better making pizza with more vegetable topping and less or no cheese.
The Speed Bump in Growing up Years
The high growth rate coincides with a rough patch in your child′s eating patterns. Most mothers notice that there comes a time when their child becomes a picky eater. They suddenly complain that feeding their kids is not as easy as it used to be.
Beyond infancy, where a mother no longer decides what her child should have; food fads, eating habits and peer influence often come in the way of balanced nutrition.The situation may be worsened by early school timings and stressful schedules of children.
The kids suddenly form opinions about food and express them more openly. It becomes tough to get them to eat a balanced diet.
One such problem that usually occurs around in young children is neophobia or the fear of trying out new things. The child at this time becomes a picky eater and may reject any new food that you may try to give him. Neopobia related to food is often confused with picky eating and childhood tantrums.
A picky eater is described as a child who has many food-dislikes. Up to 20% of the toddlers or pre-schoolers become picky eaters. Most children grow out of it, however at this age of rapid growth picky eating is a problem that if not handled well, may lead to nutritional deficiencies in children.
Children have a small stomach and can eat only so much. The stomach of your little one may be the size of your fist. His nutritional needs however are much higher than yours, when seen per kg body weight.
That′s a lot of food for your baby′s tiny stomach!
The right selection of food goes a long way in helping you decide how to best feed your child for good Growth and Development.