Que debes hacer cuando tu hijo no quiere comer. Is your child a fussy ester? A few tips for you to make your life easy.

Si tu hijo no quiere comer, esto es lo que podrias hacer. Recuerda los mejores habitos vienen de casa.

Remember the key of a good healthy diet is having good food healthy habits. I have a few tips for you.

1. If your child isn’t hungry, don’t force a meal or snack. Likewise, don’t bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clean his or her plate. This might only ignite — or reinforce — a power struggle over food.

In addition, your child might come to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration.
Serve small portions to avoid overwhelming your child and give him or her the opportunity to independently ask for more.

  1. Stick to the routine
    Serve meals and snacks at about the same times every day. If you child chooses not to eat a meal, make sure that he or she is not eating before their main meal.
  2. Be patient with new foods.
    Encourage your child by talking about a food’s color, shape, aroma and texture — not whether it tastes good. Serve new foods along with your child’s favorite foods.
  3. Don’t be a chef
    Preparing a separate meal for your child after he or she rejects the original meal might promote picky eating. Encourage your child to stay at the table for the designated mealtime — even if he or she doesn’t eat.
  4. Make it fun
    Serve broccoli and other veggies with a favorite dip or sauce. Cut foods into various shapes with cookie cutters. Offer breakfast foods for dinner. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods.
  5. Introduce the kids help fun rule in the kitchen
    At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Don’t buy anything that you don’t want your child to eat. At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, stir batter or set the table.
  6. Set a good example
    If you eat a variety of healthy foods, your child is more likely to follow suit.
  7. Be creative
    Add chopped broccoli or green peppers to spaghetti sauce, top cereal with fruit slices, or mix grated zucchini and carrots into casseroles and soups.
  8. Minimize distractions
    Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals. This will help your child focus on eating. Keep in mind that television advertising might also encourage your child to desire sugary or less nutritious foods.
  9. Don’t offer dessert as a reward
    Withholding dessert sends the message that dessert is the best food, which might only increase your child’s desire for sweets. You might select one or two nights a week as dessert— or redefine dessert as fruit, yogurt or other healthy choices.
    If you’re concerned that picky eating is compromising your child’s growth and development, consult your child’s doctor or your Nutritionist for a better understanding and guided help and advice.
    In the meantime, remember that your child’s eating habits won’t likely change overnight — but the small steps you take each day can help promote a lifetime of healthy eating.

Published by AndreaP

I am passionate about food and nutrition. Originally from Bogota -Colombia currently living in New Zealand. I am a Nutritionist & Dietitian. After becoming a mum and working in different areas like education, banking and sales, I came to the realisation that I wanted to come back to what I loved and what I have passion for this is Health and Nutrition. In September 2016 I started my online course with the biggest nutrition school in America called Institute of Integrative Nutrition( IIN). The Institute of Integrative Nutrition has given me the knowledge and support about Nutrition in a Holistic way. I have never thought that this would be possible, but after a year I realised that definitely secondary food (food that is on the plate) is part of the puzzle of health and happiness. There is something called primary food which are the pillars that together contribute to a better wellbeing and a better nutrition. Relationships, spirituality, career and exercise plus a having good sleep habits can contribute to a better YOU. I am a Holistic Nutritionist and I am looking forward to taking you on this journey of better habits and a prosperous life. Always smile with gratitude! Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you get to know me. AndreaP

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