How to Ensure Your Picky Eater Gets the Nutrients They Need



How to Ensure Your Picky Eater Gets the Nutrients They Need  – You thought running the kitchen was difficult enough when you were just feeding yourself each and every week.

Add in a partner, and a toddler, and suddenly things get a whole lot more complicated.

From figuring out which veggies who will eat, and constantly experimenting with a variety of different dishes and plates, it can be exhausting to be in charge of the household kitchen.

Not to mention, making sure that everyone is getting all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that they need as well. This can be especially difficult if your toddler is a little bit of a picky eater.

While we can all understand the natural resistance to eating what’s healthy for us over what tastes good in our mouths, it’s critically important that parents help teach their kids the value of nutrition and health at a young age.

No one needs to be on an olympic athlete’s diet (unless one of the parents is actually an olympic athlete) but teaching kids about health, nutrition, and exercise at a young age is a good way for them to build a natural and healthy relationship with food, exercise, and their bodies.

If you’re having trouble getting your picky eater to wolf down their veggies, and other important dishes.

there are a few tips and tricks that you can try to make sure that your little picky eater is truly getting all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that they need to live a healthy and happy life.

Finding Yummy (and Healthy) Recipes

First and foremost, the better something tastes, the more likely it’ll be ate. If your toddler is a bit of a picky eater and doesn’t like any of the dishes you try to feed them on a regular basis, you may want to open up that cookbook (or web-browser) and see what other dishes you may be able to whip up.

For example, you may want to dust asparagus in butter and parmesan cheese, and turn some highly nutritious veggies into a delicious side dish that feels like a cheat.

There are plenty of other healthy recipes out there that prioritize flavor and taste, even for toddlers.

Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen, as this can also help teach your kids that it’s okay to try a diverse selection of meals and dishes.

Developing a Reward System for Good Eating Habits

We all love playing games. That’s why more and more adults are continuing to play video games and board games late into life.

There’s a whole theory on the industry of gamification and how it could revolutionize other fields as well.

Perhaps this is because we’re all just little kids at heart, and it feels good to feed our inner-child that positive energy from time to time. In the same way, kids thrive when we make things fun for them.

Try developing a reward system with your picky-eating toddler and see if that helps them get excited about eating their fruits and veggies and finishing their meals when served.

Encouraging Juice along With Water

Hydration is one of the keys to health. Our body is mostly water, and making sure we stay hydrated all day is crucial for a number of reasons.

However, juice can be really healthy too. Especially if there isn’t any added sugar.

If your toddler doesn’t want to drink water, try opting for a healthy, organic, and natural juice instead of something like a sugary sports drink or soda.

Keep Trying new Dishes

At the end of the day, your best bet is to keep trying new dishes to give to your picky eater. Then, if you find a meal that they enjoy, add it to the regular list of meals to serve.

This can become your own little personal cook-book of family-favorites that become staple-meals in your household.

Plus, it can be a fun family-activity to learn how to cook a new dish together. Get your kids involved in the cooking process to spark their interest further in food, and make them more curious about the different flavors they can experience.

Multivitamins for Kids

Finally, if you’re really struggling to get your toddler to eat their fruits, veggies, and other healthy dishes, you may want to look for a toddler multivitamin.

Just like multivitamins for adults, a toddler multivitamin delivers an influx of essential vitamins and minerals to the human body that help bolster a toddlers young immune system, assists cognitive development, and boosts overall health.

There are a wide variety of toddler friendly multivitamins on the market, so make sure to look for one that is naturally sweetened and not overloaded with sugar or other harmful ingredients.

A few Final Thoughts

There’s nothing easy about running a kitchen, not for a restaurant, or for a family. If you’re having trouble getting your toddler to eat their fruits and veggies, try any of the tips above, and see if you can’t get them more excited about eating well.

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