Eating well is a habit you learn. During the first three years, the foundations of a good diet are laid, which will be crucial to achieve healthy growth and avoid the development of overweight and obesity in adulthood. But beware, it is a process that requires patience and repetition.
Eat well in a habit that is learned. During the first three years, the foundations of a good diet are laid, which will be crucial to achieve healthy growth and avoid the development of overweight and obesity in adulthood. But beware, it is a process that requires patience and repetition.
How do you get children to eat everything?
To encourage healthy eating and establish good habits, we recommend following the following tips:
With the introduction of porridge, at 5-6 months of age, babies begin to taste different flavors. It is important that we offer them all the foods gradually, starting with the softest ones (tortilla, fish, banana) and introducing the rest as they acquire skill and security.
We shouldn’t force them; we don’t want them to associate mealtime with an unpleasant moment.
Don’t use food as-a reward or punishment. Avoid phrases like: If you behave well, you will eat pizza” or if you do not behave well, you will eat vegetables and lentils)
Children learn by imitation, and we have to lead by example because they learn much more from what they see than from-what they hear. It is essential to eat as a family.
We have to adapt the amounts to the age and needs of the child.
Lunch and dinner time is a relaxed time. Avoid meals with entertainment (TV, tablets or mobiles).
Establish a routine, eating the whole family sitting at the table at the same time. Mealtime is also a time of family communication.
If you don’t like any food, change it for a similar one. Giving them only what they like is a big mistake since we will be offering them an unbalanced diet.
Don’t buy food you don’t want your kids to eat.
Water and milk are the-best drinks for children. Juice is fine when it’s 100%, although kids don’t need to drink a lot of juice. 115 to 170 ml daily is enough for a preschool.