Kids are picky when it comes to food and it is usually difficult for parents to get them to eat the nutritious food that they should have been eating. Resourceful parents resort to different ways to get their kinds to eat nutritious food and one way of doing this is by packing their meal with a variety of nutritious food. Some parents also make their kids feel as if they were given a choice on the matter even if in fact the choices that are laid out is all packed with vitamins and minerals that is essential for their overall health.
Another trick is by packing their lunch boxes of dinners with different kinds of foods everyday so kids would not get bored with the monotony of eating the same kind of food everyday. And adding something extra even if it is fruits like an apple or an orange would be an added touch. You can also include junk food sometimes, but a balanced diet should always be kept in mind. You don't want your kids to eat junk food for lunch.
There are also different nutrients to consider when packing you kid's meal and the food pyramid would really be a helpful guide for everyday considerations. And you should know that the food that is your kid's favorites are usually the ones that are on top and therefore should be the least ingested into their bodies. You should also realize that offering your kids a variety of selections from the same category would help a lot.
For example, your kid would surely need carbohydrates, and if your kid really detests eating rice, then offer him pasta instead. There is no harm in doing this and both of you would end up happier with the least frustration on both your part. Being sensitive to your kid's needs even if it seems unreasonable sometimes would help him listen to you more and perhaps eat anything you pack for him in the future.
Here are some guides on what you can pack in your kids lunch box, always include fruits or vegetables in their food. There are many ways to present this like putting creams on the strawberry of even cutting the fruits attractively so your child would be entranced and eat the nutritious food, it would not become monotonous for your child when you do this. You also have a lot of fruits and vegetables to choose from so that your child would not be bored.
Another thing you can do is to juice the fruits when you ran out of ideas. This way your child would still get the vitamins and minerals from foods without having to eat it and this would also be convenient if your kid is in a hurry to finish lunch. There are other ways and tricks for you to pack vitamins into a kid's meal, all you need to do is to be creative and your kid would even appreciate it.
The food kids eat when they are young would also be their food preference in the future when they are older so it is of utmost importance that they already have the habit of eating the right kinds of food even when they are still young. And parents are the ones responsible for ensuring that they do develop these good habits in eating. Kids should also be aware about different vitamins and nutrition found in their food so that eating right when they are older would be easier for them in the future.
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Charlene J. Nuble
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