Children require a wide range of vitamins and minerals to support their health while they are growing. So, it’s paramount that they consume a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and other nutrient-dense foods, writes nutritional therapist Honor Geraghty.
Teach your child healthy eating habits now and you’ll perpetuate a healthy lifestyle for them well into their later years.
I work with kids a lot in my clinic and believe successful outcomes are as a result of getting the children involved and stimulating their interest in food.
Let the child choose a new vegetable every week and together come up with a recipe for it. It’s all about using your imagination and being creative to make food more exciting.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Tempt them with bite-size snacks of cherry tomatoes or grapes,
- Bake apples or bananas with sultanas and serve with creamy Greek yoghurt,
- Cut vegetables into fun shapes to eat with dips.
- Homemade pasta sauce is a great way to hide vegetables from the fussy eaters -blend up carrots/red peppers/courgettes/celery/kale.
- Make sweet potato chips and oven bake in coconut oil.
- As a healthier alternative to the traditional mashed white potato, why not add in cauliflower (same colour, kids won’t even notice it!) and sweet potatoe.
- Instead of the processed varieties why not make your own fish fingers and chicken goujons
- Smoothies – As well as your fruits, add in spinach and chia seeds, good sources of calcium and iron which are important for the healthy development of your child.
Diet plays a huge part in how we feel and how we behave, and this is especially true when it comes to children. All children deserve the right to have enough energy and stamina to enjoy life to the full!
Honor Geraghty NT. Dip. mNTOI, is a nutritional therapist at Let's Talk Nutrition. You can contact Honor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087-6654087.