A strong immunity equips your child with the ability to stave off and cope well with minor and major illnesses. Keeping their immunity in tiptop condition involves much care and consideration. You need to ensure they’re getting adequate exercise and pay attention to their mental wellbeing. However, it’s their diet that is most crucial to boosting their immunity. For parents of fussy eaters, it can be a real challenge to get their kids to eat healthy meals regularly. Here are a few tips to help.
Get Creative With Appearance
You can make food more exciting for children by getting creative with the presentation. Cutting healthy sandwiches into star or heart shapes, arranging fruits into fun geometric designs and making cute animals faces with foods such as eggs can entice fussy children into eating their meals.
Try With Textures
Children love crunchy textures so make use of nutrient-packed nuts and seeds in foods like salads to add a good dose of protein and healthy fats to their meals. A good mix of veggies such as tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce makes things colorful and fun. Keep trying this with different fruits, vegetables and nuts. If your child dislikes something, give it a break and try with the same food a little later - kids often change their preferences with time.
Reinvent Takeout Foods
If your children are older and more aware of takeout treats and restaurant meals, give them healthy and simplified versions of “restaurant foods”. Fast food like burgers can be recreated at home with homemade vegetarian or meat patties in whole-wheat buns, filled with healthy sliced vegetables. Pizza and pastas too are great lunchbox snacks that can easily be tweaked to be healthier without losing their “outside food” novelty value.
Swap Out Fatty Toppings
Restaurants often top their fare with fatty and creamy sauces (mayonnaise, for example). However, you could swap these out for yoghurt-based dips that are higher in protein, great for immunity and just as delicious, if not more. Greek yoghurt, in particular, is protein-rich.
Make It Fun For Them
It might be considered a chore among adults, but you’ll be surprised how enjoyable cooking can be for young children. Get them to contribute to the making of their own lunch or dinner and you’re likely to get a much more positive response at meal time. Don’t forget to ensure you’re only exposing them to healthy cooking, though.
Spread The Health Around
If you’ve eaten an avocado, you know that creamy foods don’t have to be unhealthy. Instead of getting them hooked on to butter, try spreading some avocado on toast for breakfast. You could even add a touch of olive oil to make it even tastier. Your son or daughter will get nutrition even during snack time.
A good diet is crucial to keeping a host of diseases at bay, so be sure to follow these tips in case your kid is fussy at the dining table. At the same time, do remember that contagious diseases, such as chicken pox and the flu, have nothing to do with food or exercise; they can only be prevented through immunisation. To make sure that your child is safe from a range of serious yet preventable diseases, ensure that they are always appropriately vaccinated for their age.
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