Natural Flavours for Budding Taste Buds


Your child, like any other little person, will naturally begin to develop taste preferences as he grows. Forcing him to eat what he doesn’t want to will most likely end up in tears, yet avoiding his least favourite foods at this age will guarantee you a little picky eater. So what’s the best solution?

Top 8 foods kids love to hate
Getting a child to eat what he dislikes isn’t always as frustrating as it seems, and sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity, or some really good ideas. Here are 8 printable recipe cards that show you how to turn common food enemies into friends.
Download and print
Download and print these fun recipe cards to keep them handy in the kitchen.
Good eating habits – the foundation of good health

All parents are naturally concerned about what their child eats for nutrition and development. However, there are certain fundamental eating habits you can encourage that will lead to a lifetime of benefits. Here are a few.
Try everything at least once

Try everything at least once
You can’t say you don’t like it until you try it.

Chew adequately

Chew adequately1
Chew up to 30 times before swallowing your food.

Drink water often

Drink water often
Sufficient hydration leads to better digestion, and overall health too.

Mindful eating

Mindful eating
Pay attention to what you’re eating, e.g. flavours, textures, colours.

Eat small portions

Eat small portions
Overeating can lead to indigestion, and in extreme cases, obesity.

Dont rush through meals

Don’t rush through meals
Taking time to eat is not necessarily a bad thing – it helps in digestion.

Eat breakfast

Eat breakfast
There’s a reason why it’s the most important meal of the day. Make it a habit for life.

Eat at regular times

Eat at regular times
One of the best habits you can cultivate in your child for better gastric health.

No TV dinners

No TV dinners
Distractions take the attention away from eating, which can affect digestion.

Give your child an extra dose of nutrition every day.

References:

Recipes
Parmesan crusted asparagus [recipe]: http://www.maryannjacobsen.com/2010/01/kids-vegetables-parmesan-crustedasparagus. Accessed on December 2015. Recipe for Brussels sprouts chips: http://inspiredrd.com/2012/03/brussels-sprouts-chips, Avocado ice cream recipe: http://www.healthextremist.com/avocado-ice-cream-recipe, Carrot crinkle fries: http://glitterandbubbles.com/carrot-crinkle-fries, Crunchy roasted green peas recipe: http://www.superhealthykids.com/crunchy-roasted-green-peas, Cauliflower mashed “potatoes” recipe: http://steamykitchen.com/20966-cauliflower-mashed-potatoesrecipe.html, Pasta recipes for babies: the joy of cream cheese: http://mamacook.blogspot.sg/2011/01/joy-of-cream-cheese.html, Papaya popsicle recipe – improves digestion and response to heat stress: http://www.codetowellness.com/papaya-popsicle-recipe

Pictorial
1. Optimum nutrition for your child: https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=r2aGu9_5yl0C&pg=PT84&dq=chewing+30+times&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiOyOeX5s_RAhXGtpQKHWTNAM44ChDoAQgiMAI#v=onepage&q=chewing 30 times&f=false

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