I recently wrote about making your child eat the raw fruit instead of drinking juice. A lot of you wrote back to me asking me for suggestions on what children should eat instead. Making children eat is no easy task as any parent would confirm. Additionally, you are burdened with the responsibility of ensuring that they get their nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals. All of this while still making it fun and appealing to them. If you find yourself pulling your hair, you are one of the millions such.
There are a few interesting hacks. Weaving peanut butter into their whole grain sandwich is a great way to make them eat whole grains along with high-quality fat. The whole-grain will give them carbohydrates and the peanut butter protein and fat. Typically, a child would hate vegetables, but you could make an interesting by creating a dip with yogurt. Teach them that you get to eat the dip only if you eat it with vegetables such as broccoli or celery.
Mixing fruit and cheese is a familiar trick. Pineapple, apples, peach – take your pick along with cheddar or even brie. If cheese doesn’t get them, then chocolate definitely will. Make a dip with high-quality fat and sugar-free chocolate sauce. Your child gets antioxidants from the fruit and good quality fat. Another standard method is to make home cooked popcorn. You do this by buying raw corn seeds and popping them in ghee or some other healthy fat in your pressure cooker or microwave. Make sure you do not add too much salt.
Hummus or even a mashed chickpea dip along with whole wheat pita is another healthful way to get them to eat protein, fat, and carbohydrates. If by now your taste buds are acting up and your mouth is watering, dig in, after all, aren’t we all kids at heart?