Amita Health shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that some kids seem to eat just about everything, while others are picky eaters.
Your first concern is to make sure your children are eating a healthy, nutritious diet, of course. But what if you also would like to add a little variety to your family meals? There are several things you can do to encourage your child to be a more adventurous eater.
First, start early, according to Dr. Joni Hamilton, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist with Children & Teens Medical Center in Algonquin and on staff at Amita Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates.
“Start at a young age exposing them to different tastes and textures,” she said.
Popular “kid-friendly” meals, especially those offered by restaurants, are usually boring and rarely nutritious, and there is no need to make special meals for kids unless they have allergies or some other dietary restrictions.
“Kids can eat everything that adults can eat,” Hamilton said.
You also should include young children in meal planning and preparation, so that they feel more empowered in making their own food choices.
“From toddler age, kids can get involved in things like grocery shopping and helping to choose foods at the store. Then, while you are cooking, you can give them little chores in the kitchen like washing vegetables,” Hamilton said. Read more