Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Training the taste buds

Dealing with picky eater is very difficult and frustrating. Overtime it pushes us to giving whatever food child prefers. When days pass without healthy food triangle in the menu it slowly reflects in the health. Some kids are naturally good eaters while some others are not. If eating healthy food and drinking water does not come naturally it should be done through consistent training.

Guidelines to help deal with Picky eaters
  • Have only healthy items in your shopping list. Not having options is the best way.
  • Let your child get used to looking at healthy items in the cart and fridge consistently. It is all about registering in the brain.
  • Serve food only when hungry.
  • Don't let your child snack often.
  • If your child rejects a food it does not mean it's the end. Try offering again and again. Try altering the recipe and offer when hungry.
  • Serve vegetables without much alterations. Broccoli taste very good with butter, salt and pepper. Carrot taste good when raw.  Trial and error simple recipes.
  • Include herbs like coriander, curry leaves, rosemary etc. and spices like garlic, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper etc. These increase the appetite, help in digestion and increases body immunity. The more you give the more the taste buds will get used to.
  • Offers fruits/vegetables/ nuts/ cheese as snack. This will reduce your stress during mealtime since they are already taken the nutrients.
  • Increase the appetite of your child. Certain fruits like lemon, orange, Apple increases the hunger. Soup also helps.
  • Water does the trick too. A glass of water first thing in the morning increases the metabolism. Offer water 30 mins before food to increase appetite.
  • Increase physical activity to increase hunger.
  • If your child refuses to eat pack it in a to go box and go for walk. Try offering outside. The outside fresh air and scenary does change their mind.
  • Training your child to eat soup will help on the sick days. Training your child certain food that would be available in the restaurants to reduce your stress on eating outside days.
  • Talk about food. Some kids like to hear stories about how an orange helped a small boy to fight cold or how beans help you grow tall etc.
  • Be a role model. When your child sees you and your spouse eat certain food they get natural inclination.

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