You can start feeding a baby solids when they are between 4-6 months old. Many parent’s enjoy the experience of feeding their toddlers while they are seated in their baby seats. This can be an enjoyable experience however, it can sometimes be difficult to feed toddlers healthy foods. Healthy foods for kids are those with the right amount of nutrients essential for their physical and mental growth. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains should all be included in meals so that kids can get enough vitamins and minerals daily. But all these will not fit in their small tummy, and their milk teeth may only be strong enough to chew soft foods. Fortunately there are ways to make foods easily digestible. Below is list of healthy meals that kids will surely enjoy.
- Chicken soup. Soups make it possible to get the goodness of meat without really eating it. Chicken meat is not very hard to chew, but toddlers can better savour the taste of chicken when sliced into tiny pieces and served as soup. Vegetables and mushrooms can be added for flavour. Chicken soup is a good source of protein and iron which both play a significant role in muscle development. Chicken soups can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. You may want to prepare beef stew, crab and corn soup, or any other kind of soup in the next days.
- Vegetable spaghetti. Kids have an inherent aversion to vegetables, but they will never say no to spaghetti. Vegetables like carrots, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and peppers may be grated and used as ingredients for the sauce. Grate vegetables as thinly as possible until they become barely noticeable. Vegetable spaghetti with these ingredients can give kids their dose of Vitamin A, Thiamine, Niacin, Phosphorous, B Vitamins, and a lot more.
- Whole grain pastries. Whole grain pastries may be served for breakfast or snack. Whole grains are rich in fibre, substances that aid in digestion, and in flushing out of toxins in the body. Muffins, cookies, and breads are typically a favourite to kids. Take advantage of it by choosing the type that has healthy ingredients. Whole wheat banana muffins are a better alternative to cheese muffins, oatmeal cookies to chocolate chip cookies, and multi-grain honey bread to white bread.
- Avocado shake. Instead of ice cream, give kids avocado shake for dessert. Avocado shake is easy to prepare. You will only have to mix avocado with milk and a few drops of lemon, then sweeten with sugar. Avocado contains more than 20 fat-soluble nutrients and good cholesterol, lemon has Vitamin C which boosts the immune system, and milk has calcium which strengthens the bones. You can replace avocado with other fruits like melon, banana, apple and strawberries.
Hundreds of healthy food recipes for kids are available online. Because kids do not understand the value of nutrition, it will help to give them foods that are appealing to them. They cannot be forced to eat foods they do not like, and talking to them about health may not do the trick either. Healthy meals need not look boring. By adding a little twist to your cooking, you can get kids to eat the good stuff. Soup, spaghetti, fruit shakes, and whole grain pastries are just a few of the many healthy meals to feed your kids. Some parents try to feed their kids organic food, grown in a home garden.