As mothers, we want to feed the best to our kids but, kids can be very fussy and picky when it comes to eating healthy.
Here are a few pointers that I have tried and can help combat fussy eating with play in India.
We have literally grown up on stories like Popeye the sailor eating spinach and growing tall and powerful. Making up such little stories has always worked very well with my little one.
I try to narrate the benefits of healthy eating in a very playful manner. Kids respond well to interesting stories with a moral, are conscious about the tale and also eat well during the narrative.
– Try giving an authoritative role to your little one. I sometimes pretend to be a child and ask my daughter to play the role of my mother. She chooses the healthiest food options for me and also eats the same to lead by an example. Isn’t this a total win-win situation?
Playing Unhealthy/Healthy Food Segregation Game
– Another thing that has really worked for me is playing the segregation game, where we identify food items that will help us grow taller and smarter. Kids are too smart and intelligent even at this young age. Once explained, it gets programmed in their brains and then they effortlessly pick the right foods in their mind.
Try this creative way where you write/draw 20 names of healthy/unhealthy food items and ask the children to differentiate what is healthy and unhealthy.
Make healthy food look interesting –
Adding beetroot to make the puris/idlis pink. Adding spinach to make the pasta gravy green or blending all the veggies to make a tasty healthy wholesome meal is a clever way to sneak in healthy vegetables in your kid’s diet. You can also make it look very interesting by cutting it in various shapes.
We also get fry pans and molds with interesting shapes in the market. You can use those as well.
Family Mealtime –
It’s necessary to give your children a positive attitude towards eating. Family mealtime is very helpful for fussy eaters.
All family members lead by example. You can turn it into a game and ask questions. Like talking to the child about their favourite vegetables and fruits. Why are vegetables healthy? You can also use this time to talk about your kid’s likes/dislikes. Don’t try to force-feed your child but keep it light-hearted and playful.
I know as mothers we are always too concerned about our child’s eating habits because fussy eating can hamper growth.
Kids don’t grow properly as per their age due to fussy eating and other tantrums. Hence, once you apply tips and tricks like I did to combat fussy eating, you can see the difference in their growth.
Wondering how do I really quantify the change?
By tracking my child’s growth using a tool backed by science. I found a simple to use Grow Right tracker from PediaSure to keep track of my child’s growth.
The Grow Right Tracker gives a detailed growth report of the child in the form of a comparison graph as shown
For proper nutrition and healthy growth of your child, download the report and make changes in the diet trends, accordingly. You can also include PediaSure in your child’s diet. With its 37 vital nutrients, you won’t have to worry if your fussy eater is getting all the required nutrients or not.
Play is the brain’s favourite way of learning. Let’s keep the growth journey fun, playful and stress free for the kids and for us! Try it out and let me know how it worked for you. 😊
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