Malnutrition and an unbalanced diet are the major prevailing problems among kids in developing as well as developed countries. Kids are either bordering on the malnutrition or unbalanced diet. Child and infant mortality rates show the severity of the situation in different countries. Where malnutrition is not a problem, unbalanced diet may be as obesity on the other extreme is becoming prevalent among kids and teens and rather all age groups in most developed countries. Thus a healthy and balanced diet is extremely important for kids as well as children of all ages. Unless and until kids have a healthy start their entire life could dwell on problems and issues and place them in a vicious cycle.
Kids are choosy about their diet. But the problem lies with the parents. Parents usually are unaware themselves about the proper and balanced diet and nutrition they should be giving to their children. For such parents here are a few tips to make the right choice for their children rather than leaving it up to them to choose for themselves.
- Drink more water: children today need to say no to soft drinks, juices with sugar additives, etc. Most healthy drink for kids is water. Water is a natural cleanser that cleanses your body from toxins and keeps your hydration levels balanced in your body so that you feel fresh and energetic.
- Not too much milk: for infants milk is the healthiest choice of the meal however, for kids or children above the age of 1 year old, milk should not be the sole food item they like to have. In growing ages, they should be able to chew, bite and take in small portions of healthy soft to medium soft diets. Depending on milk solely is not the right choice parents make.
- Try new recipes: kids like to have a change in the menu each day. So parents need to find and try new recipes and food combinations to keep the child’s interest.
- Less of junk please: Most kids are food averse or averse from some types of food items like vegetables and cereals whereas junk food is a popular among them, despite the unhealthy nutritive value attached to it. It is not always about the choice of the child but the value of the meal too that is served to them.
- Include all food groups: include all the food types and groups in kids’ meals. There should be a little bit of everything in their daily diet plan. A little bit of meat, some vegetables, cereals, egg and milk and other components of food. Do not say no to any particular food group.
- Add more fresh fruits and vegetable: fruits and vegetables in their raw forms are very nutritive. Try to give your child the pure nutrition rather than the fried or baked one.
- Make cooking a fun activity: While cooking for your child try to involve them in the activity so that their interest in the food develops and they find food interesting.