Transforming your fussy eater toddler into someone who loves food can be a mammoth task if you have a child like mine who doesn’t even want to taste anything new, let alone eat it. But I transformed my fussy eater into a child who has started eating his greens and a few seasonal fruits. Read on to find out how I made him eat his veggies.
1. Give them everything in a controlled manner
Your kids know that you are the boss and that they will have to follow your instructions but when it comes to food they want to have their way. So the thumb rule here is to give them everything to eat from healthy nutritious food to not so healthy junk food, in a controlled manner. You know your kids love pizza so bake them at home. Add all the vegetables, loads of cheese and voila, your pizza is ready. You can add sausages and salami too for the non-vegetarians, to enhance the flavour of the pizza.
2. Home-made fresh juices are better for them
Does he love juices? Yes? Then why not give your kids fresh fruit or vegetable juices instead of canned ones. Even the fresh juice sellers at the markets use water that may or may not be sterilised. At home you are sure of their quality and can add as much fruits or vegetables as you want.
3. Give proteins in various forms
Generally it is seen that kids are fussy over drinking their milk or eating their pulses; that means not enough protein is going into their growing bodies. Don’t fret—give them cheese. If your child likes toast, smear the toast with cheese and butter and he gets a dose of fat and protein. Apart from cheese, also give them paneer or make flavoured yoghurt at home with fresh curd and some fruits. It will be better than the ones you get in the market!
4. Cereals are also important
Cereals are important and they also add variety as well to your kids’ meals. So let them have a sweetened porridge with milk, roasted oats or cornflakes or Chocos (all the rage amongst kids). You may also give them gram flour halwa or a sweetened semolina dish, both are good for kids.
5. Fruit chat is a good option
Instead of giving him one fruit at a time let him have an assortment of fruits – neatly cut, with some lemon squeezed on top and a sprinkling of black salt. Not only will it taste good, it will also be nutritious and your child will get to eat all the seasonal fruits at one go in the right quantity. Fruit chat is a good option if you want to include fruits that your child generally refuses to eat.