What to do with a small hesitant child when the child does not want to eat soup, but only requires sweets and soda? Children’s appetite depends to a large extent on the metabolic rate, the way of life and – you will be surprised – in general on education.
In the diet of children 2-3 years old, proteins make up about 20% of the total diet, fats – 30-35%, carbohydrates – 45-65%. For children from 4 to 18 years old, the diet includes about 10-30% protein foods, 25-35% fat and 45-65% carbohydrates.
For children, a healthy diet is especially important because they grow and develop. They need muscle protein, calcium and phosphorus to strengthen bones, and iron to supply oxygen to organs and tissues, including the brain.
To “gain” the right amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates, a balanced diet should include six food groups:
meat, fish and eggs
complex carbohydrates (wholemeal bread, cereals, durum wheat pasta)
The child’s diet should contain at least 2-3 products from each group.
An active child is not a hungry child
If your child is lively but at the same time has a “bad appetite”, then this is not his problem, but yours – the psychological problem of an unsatisfied instinct. If the baby jumps, jumps, has healthy nails and hair, think less about what he is missing. Better think of something nice.
More energy consumption – better appetite
If the child refuses to eat, it means that he did not spend enough energy and did not get hungry. To awaken the appetite, you need to increase energy consumption: walk more in the fresh air or send the child to the sports department. The more energy a child expends, the better his appetite. Remember, for example, in the countryside or in nature, all food looks tastier? That being said, we just “whet” an appetite.
Give interest to your child
Dream of the design of the dishes: some children have a real “aesthetics”, the more interesting and attractive the food on the plate looks, the more likely the child is to eat everything.
Make a funny face from boiled vegetables, lay out a house or decorate a plate with vegetable sauce. Use cookie cutters to make shapes from peppers, eggplants and zucchini. Unusual vegetable “accordions” can be created using curly grater and knives. The Internet will help you – you do not even have to invent anything, everything has already been invented!
Another effective way, as children are more likely to eat food they have prepared themselves. Let the child help you and get involved in the process: let him stir vegetables, grate carrots or watch potatoes being cooked – he will be interested in what happened and will want to try the dish. We set the table nicely together. In addition, you will spend more time together while cooking – this will positively affect your relationship in general.
Offer the dish many times
Young children may refuse unfamiliar foods. This is also common for adults – we bet you will not immediately agree to eat fried locusts or a snake snack. It takes time to overcome the fear of new dishes. Offer the same dish several times: the child can agree on the fifteenth or fifteenth attempt.
Being able to say a resounding “no” is an important social skill. Do not suppress it and respect the opinion of the child. Otherwise, he will not learn to stand in his place in adulthood and say no, including himself.
And finally, start with yourself. Children repeat everything after adulthood, including adopting your eating habits. Why should you eat oatmeal and steamed broccoli when you are so hungry for cakes and chips? Double meters and two meters will not work here: either you all eat right, at least in front of the children, or you allow them not to eat the healthiest food.