Diet for Kids – Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

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    For many parents, buying healthy food and preparing it is a quite simple task, however making their little ones eat the nutritious food becomes quite a task. They have to struggle hard with the children to make them eat the food and thus mealtime becomes a frustrating job. In the end, parents are often left wondering whether their little ones are getting enough nutrition to grow or not. If your child is also a picky eater, here are 8 super healthy food items that they cannot say no too. Read on!

    Flaxseed
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    This plan food is packed with omega 3 fatty acids which aids in optimal brain development. These can be used as whole or in ground form, but studies have suggested that grounded flaxseeds are absorbed better by the body. To incorporate them into your kid’s meal try sprinkling them onto cereal or in the cake batter. You can even replace a small portion of flour with ground flaxseed to give a healthy boost to their food.

    Sweet potato
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    One of the most inexpensive and nutritious vegetables you can get your hands on, sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A which keeps the eyes healthy and act as an antioxidant in the body. While small kids love eating them because of sweet mild taste and bright color, young adults may not like them so much. Thinking about how to incorporate them into your child’s diet? How about a baked potato dish or simply baking the potato as a whole? If your kids love mash potato, you can even replace regular potato with sweet potato.

    Tofu
    tofu

    So are you thinking that your child is never going to touch tofu ever in his lifetime? Well, think again as tofu is a kid pleaser when used in a creative manner in food items. Some kids might not like to eat tofu when served as whole but they love it when used in a smoothie. Tofu gives desserts and smoothies a creamy base and can also be used in making ice-creams. It is a great source of vitamin B, protein, iron and calcium and thus aids in the proper growth of kids.

    Yogurt
    yogurt

    Getting plenty of good bacteria also known as probiotics is a sure shot way to keep the little tummy happy. Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics and eating low-fat or Greek yogurt is an amazing way to promote good health. However, make sure you keep your kids away from the sugary version of yogurt and serve them Greek yogurt with a spoonful of honey.

    While most children develop natural preferences for food, it is important that they eat everything in moderation. You should focus on your kid’s overall diet instead of focusing on a particular food item. Moreover, it is also important to become a role model for your kids as small children strongly imitate adults. Instead of takeout meals or eating out frequently, you should cook more meals at home.

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    Dietitian Nalini, winner of Best Diet Consultant in Chandigarh award for 2 consecutive years – 2014 and 2015, has helped hundreds of people achieve their weight loss goals. A Post Graduate in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Nalini says that in order to lose weight effectively, you have to eat!

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