Is feeding time a struggle at your home? Does your child reject almost all food you offer except for one or 2 familiar dishes? Welcome to the “Mothers of Picky Eaters” club!
The process can be very exhausting but the good news is that this stage in your child’s development will not last forever. Children usually go through this phase in the first 2-6 years of life, and eventually grow out of it.
An ill-varied diet is not well balanced; the reason why mothers are always worried that their little picky eaters will not be getting the adequate nutrition needed for normal growth. That’s exactly why we have put together these simple steps to help overcome this stage, along with a nutrient-dense pasta sauce recipe which they will definitely love to try!
- Respect their appetite
Always offer your child healthy options even if they tend to reject them and allow them to decide on how much quantity they feel is enough. By doing this, your child will learn to develop healthy eating habits, which in turn decreases their chance of overeating and developing obesity as they grow.
- Be patient when introducing a new dish
The best way for children to explore the world around them is through play. They use their senses to familiarize themselves with their surroundings and the same applies to the food they eat. So be patient when introducing a new dish, and expect your child to want to touch and smell the dish before trying to eat it.
A good way to introduce a new dish to your child is by serving it with a dish he already loves! Keep introducing healthy options to your child until they become their favorites.
- Get playful!
Involving your child in the meal-making process is a wonderful way to spark his interest in new dishes! Take him grocery shopping and let him choose his favorite fruits and vegetables. It’s great to explain how you can create a delicious meal with the chosen items! Get him involved in washing the items and help you in the preparation process.
- Be creative!
When preparing your child’s favorite pasta dish, add some chopped broccoli to the sauce to increase its nutritional value. You could even sneak in some mashed carrots or chopped mushrooms! Your kids won’t even notice all the vegetables they are consuming, and will agree to eat the pasta with no problem!
To make a quick and nutritious pasta sauce, follow this recipe:
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 sticks of celery, chopped
In a saucepan, add some extra virgin olive oil and add the carrots, green bell pepper, onion, garlic and celery.
Cook on low heat and allow to cook through for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add a peeled and chopped tomato and a tablespoon of tomato pasta, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring the sauce to a boil, and then blend it using a hand blender until you achieve a smooth consistency.
Add your child’s favorite Perfetto Pasta shape. Garnish the plate with your kids and enjoy it immediately!