Healthy Eating for kids!
Healthy Eating Tips!
We all know how hard it can be to get children to choose healthy option! With all the food full of flavourings and sugar about its not difficult to see why. But hold on, what if there were ways to encourage your child to try new foods?
Well why not try some of our recipes and helpful tips to make healthy meal times fun.
Meal times are always more inviting for children when they are lots of bright colours. Try keep a selection of brightly coloured fruit and veg around. The colours will make the plate in front of your child look more vibrant and interesting. You can either use lots of different colours on the plate or if your child has a favourite colour do a plate of food all in that colour. For example: if your child likes red try – tomatoes, red peppers, pomegranate, cherries, cooked red onion, beetroot etc.
The great thing about using different colours is that children can be interested and want to touch. Allowing young children to use their hands when eating helps them explore and interact with their food. This helps establish a positive, healthy relationship with food. Some foods might be soft and smooth others more hard or rough, holding and touching food is a great way to learn. They also might be inclined to put food in their mouth if they are using their hands to get a feel for it
Strong or bitter tasting food isn’t appealing to young children. The brighter colour the food the sweeter the taste tends to be. Green food has a tendency to be more bitter so try to give that in smaller amounts until children are used to the taste. A lot of fruit is sweet and can be used as great substitutes to sugary snacks. Fruits like strawberries and grapes have such a bright colour and sweet flavour they can be passed off as treats to children with a sweet tooth.
Presenting healthy foods in a fun way can encourage children to enjoy healthy food.
See below for examples of fun ways to present healthy food:
Fruits or veg that is naturally small or round like tomatoes, raspberries or blueberries, can be used as fun snacks for children as they are easy to eat and are ready to eat straight away. There is no waiting or preparation time for children to lose interest. They also are usually juicy and sweet. A great combination for young children!
Now we have covered techniques to help you encourage healthy eating let’s take a look at some meal ideas!:
When weaning babies, it is important to start with food that is soft and sweet.
Try purees such as:
Butternut squash puree
Sweet potato puree
Green beans puree
After a child is weaned we can start to be more adventurous in presentation and choice. You may also find that kids will eat most things they cook themselves. So why not try these fun family cooking activities to encourage your little one! (www.kidspot.com)
- 2 cucumbers
- 260 g plain full-fat cream cheese
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tbs fresh dill (chopped)
- 1 red pepper (seeded)
- Cut the cucumbers in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds.
- Combine the cheese, salt and dill in a bowl.
- Spoon into the hollowed-out cucumbers.
- Cut triangles for sails out of the pepper.
- Skewer each sail with a toothpick and stick the other end in the cucumber
- 4 small wholemeal pitta bread
- 180g tomato puree
- 4 medium tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, halved, thinly sliced
- 2 tsp italian herbs
- 150g grilled red pepper, thinly sliced
- 100g feta cheese, crumbled
- Sprigs of rosemary to garnish
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Place the pitta breads onto a baking tray. Spread tomato puree over the base of each pita. Arrange your tomato slices and onion on top and sprinkle with dried herbs.
- Add pepper and sprinkle with feta. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add rosemary.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked.
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