International Children’s Day – Getting your little one to enjoy healthy food

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By experts at India Gate, KRBL

Inculcating healthy eating habits is extremely important and much better when done at a young age. Keeping this in mind most parents these days understand and try their best to ensure that their child enjoys a regular balanced diet. However, we all know that this is easier said than done. Every time you approach your child with a bowl of salad or fresh fruits, you see his nose cringe and face turn away. You eventually find yourself force feeding your teary eyed kid just to ensure they get their share of fundamental vitamins and nutrient. The end result leaves you exhausted and your child unhappy with half eaten food which is sure not to render any benefits.

On the occasion of International Children’s Day the experts at India Gate suggest you ways how you can get your little one to enjoy eating healthy food.

Substitute food ingredient: Kids will be kids and they are going to enjoy their cakes, cookies, burgers and more. Trying to stop them is only going to increase their craving and binge. Instead substitute the not so healthy ingredients in these foods with healthier options. Ingredients like quinoa, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds etc. are healthy replacements for your regular ingredients like refined flour, sugar, peanuts etc. Opt of homemade quinoa cookies instead of those available over the counter, or try quinoa tacos that not only tasty but healthy too.

Smoothies: Children generally enjoy milkshakes, so instead of serving them with plain chopped fruits and vegetable, prepare a smoothie instead. Add in a teaspoon of chia seeds and there you are with a healthy shake that your little one is going to love.

Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds make for the best on the go snack. Make sure your child carries a pouch of mixed nuts and seeds at all times. You can always roast the mix or caramelize it using honey.

Substitute staple food: Replace staple food like rice and bread with healthier substitutes like quinoa, sprouted brown rice. Introduce these healthy food options to them at an early age so that it becomes a part of their staple diet.

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