Trust me when I say that all kids are great observers, they always try to copy us. But when it comes to food some chemical locha always happen 😍😁. So sharing some tips on what all I have tried and worked since T started solids:
1. PRE DECIDE THE MENU
Pre deciding the menu for 3 meals of the day would not only help you save time by keeping everything ready and plan the day better but would also help you plan a well balanced meal and avoid anything non healthy.
While deciding menu try to focus on atleast one healthy cereal/fruit/veggie in each meal. for example: if you are feeding porridge/smoothies with fruits in breakfast, try vegetable pulav/khichdi for lunch or make vegetable cutlets, dosas/chilla having veggies.
2. HIDING IS THE KEY
Finally chop/boil/grate the seasonal vegetables or fruits and add (read hide) in their meals.😄 Tip: boil and puree veggies, you can add them in their rotis / dal/ khichdi depending upon the age of the child. Like add mashed green gaurd (lauki) in dal and sprinkle with ghee tadka, or add mashed lauki in roti/paratha serve it with butter (which most toddlers like) or curd. Try cutting the parathas in various interesting shapes.
You may try the same with beetroot, spinach or any other seasonal veggie which your kid might not like. But their beautiful colour would add fun to their plate. Hiding them in their favourite, pasta, burger tikka, pizza, roti wraps will help.
Adding fruit purees to their curd and see how they would love the yummy taste. Make fruit smoothies, or try fruit ice creams or lollies could help in summers.
3. ATTRACT WITH FAVOURITES
Try to include at least one of their favourite item in the meal to help distract and feed them 😉😎 e.g I add few peas in almost everything and it helps me to feed him other vegetables too. Every time he wont take a bite I would rather give him a pea and then few other veggies in next bite.
Add lots of cheese, butter, curd or ketchup on their vegetable loaded pizza, burger, pasta.
Avoid sitting in front of TV rather, talk to them about the day or engage them in their favourite book/toy and look at their happiness while they sit and eat.
4. DON’T SKIP TRYING NEW THINGS
Try introducing new food items in mid morning snacks, that’s the time they are most active and likely to try. If that’s a hit- Great, if not – try again after few days with a different style.
5. SKIP THE BORING, TRY EASY HEALTHY FOODS TOO
I recently tried the wholesome goodness of easy to cook vegetable pastas from Mimmo Organics. They are made from millets and semolina (suji) and infused with organic veggies like Beetroot, Spinach, carrot and tomato. t
Also they have interesting shapes to engage your little one by introducing texture and encourage chewing. We tried them in various ways and let me tell you all were hit at our home and gobbled up super soon.
Some Fun easy recipes I tried with these yummy Mimmo Organics pastas
- Boil them with some salt till they are super soft. Strain and toss them with little butter
- Follow 1 and add a little finely chop vegetables too. Add little cheese and serve warm. Easy tip: I just sauted them in butter and added some mix veg already made for lunch. 🙂
- follow 2, but add little pasta sauce (with vegetable puree), cook in some tomato puree or add ketchup before adding cheese.
Serve this and see it yourself. isn’t it a super easy way to get your fussy eater sit down and finish the meal.
Remember that good habits once formed will remain for lifetime, and childhood is the time to teach good habits including healthy eating. Also it is the time when they need to explore everything, so keep experimenting with their food. Make the boring healthy thing look good and then see the change yourself.
Do let me know in comments below how are you trying to introduce healthy vegetables in your kid’s diet?
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