Toddlers can be notoriously ‘bad’ eaters. In fact if you have a toddler that eats a well-balanced diet and doesn’t ‘turn his nose up’ at what is laid before him at lunchtime, you are likely to be a lucky minority.
If meal-time battles, high-chair tantrums and endless attempts at new recipes to no avail sounds depressingly familiar, then you may find the following five simple tips on how to help a toddler eat better helpful.
Bring on the dips!
Toddlers are fairly predictable and it is reasonably safe to assume that for most the prospect of dipping a carrot stick into a red, gooey dip will make that carrot stick seem endlessly more appealing!
If you toddler is averse to eating certain things then make them more fun by accompanying ‘dippable’ foods, such as celery and carrot sticks, with deliciously tempting dips such as hummus, yoghurt or salsa dips.
Recruit a little helper in the kitchen!
Many young children love to cook or at least think they are cooking! If you involve your little one with the preparing and cooking of meals the chances are he will be more inclined to eat what he has ‘helped’ create!
Make food more fun
If your toddler refuses to eat fruit, ‘glamming’ produce up a bit by adding cream, yoghurt, sprinkling a touch of sugar or even adding some ice-cream, can go a long way in provoking some new enthusiasm towards fruit.
If, for example, you toddler refuses to eat bananas, make them more attractive by making banana muffins together or even making a banana split!
Remove ‘junk’ from the house
While it would be unfair to disallow a child from having the odd treat now and again, removing the majority of junk food from the house can go a long way in getting your child to eat healthier.
Most children, even toddlers, will eat when they are hungry and if there are no biscuits in the house to pick on they are likely to reach for the sultanas as a means to stop their tummy rumbling!
Slowly does it!
Many toddlers can be reluctant to try new foods and tend to stick to the same old meals day after day. If you want your child to have a more varied diet and to experiment with different tastes, introduce new foods slowly by only placing, for example, a few peas on his plate and letting his taste buds get accustomed to the new tastes.