With a positive attitude and approach, getting toddlers to eat healthy is not difficult. Food preferences are acquired, not inherent, and taste buds are undeveloped in younger children. This makes it easier to instill good eating habits at an early age, you just have to make the healthy choices available and be patient.
Fruits and Vegetables
Given their importance to a healthy diet and primary sources for vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it’s fortunate that a variety of fruits and vegetables from all over the world are so readily available. Children like anything sweet, so taking advantage of the range of exotic fruit choices will keep them healthy and encourage more interest in their diet. Vegetables might be lower in sugar, but some will eaten just as enthusiastically, such as crunchy carrots or savory potatoes. Almost everything is new to a toddler, so sometimes it’s just a matter of preparation or presentation.
Flatbread and Other Breads
While carbohydrates are necessary, consuming too much bread can lead to increased weight and other potential health issues. Flatbreads and potato buns, like those available from Klosterman Baking Company are a welcome break from typical white bread that’s so common in our diets today. Varying up the types of bread you intake increases your toddler’s palate. To address issues of preparation and presentation, make healthier snacks enticing and easy to serve. Not only are wraps and pita sandwiches less messy, they are also less likely to be picked apart, so beneficial ingredients get eaten rather than discarded. For other breads and baked goods, offer alternatives to white like whole-wheat, rye, flaxseed and oat bread.
Very young children require meat in their diets to ensure proper development and minimize risk of health issues brought on by nutritional deficiencies. If obesity is a concern, use leaner options like turkey in place of ham or ground buffalo instead of beef. Meats like these will provide sufficient protein with less fat.
Dairy is another good source of protein as well as calcium and vitamin D. Milk is rich in these but can also be high in fat. There are many flavorful and low-fat cheeses, such as goat cheese, which can be tried in place of conventional options. Live culture yogurt is not only a healthier choice than something like pudding, it also promotes digestion, allowing children with sensitive stomachs to enjoy a more varied diet.
Teaching your child to eat well may take time, but It is crucial not to force the process. Reintroduce rejected foods in different ways after a few days or weeks. Pay attention to preferences and context, but don’t assume anything. Just remember offer nutritious alternatives without pretense and your children will grow to enjoy eating healthy.