Easy kids recipes provides a variety of delicious
and easy recipes that will help you to give your child a well balanced and nutritious diet.
Good nutrition benefit your child's health, behaviour and well-being. Good nutrition has an
impact on future health and development of your child and it is vital that healthy eating
habits are established early, they will last a lifetime. The World Health Organization agree
that we all need to eat a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables each day to help
maintain a good standard of health.
What children eat affects their physical, mental development and fighting off illness. As an ideal,
children should have plenty of energy, good capacity for mental concentration, as well as healthy
teeth, skin and hair. Many fruits and vegetables are rich sources of vitamins, potassium, magnesium
and folic acid as well fiber.
Your approach to food and eating affects the way your child views food. Avoid expressing a dislike
for any food and make an effort to eat together as a family. Avoid excluding any food from your
child's diet, but keep food such as processed to a minimum. Cook your child's food from scratch
with fresh ingredients. Do not use food as a bribe or a reward, include healthy "treats" in your
Presentation is the key to interesting your child in new foods. Vegetables may be very healthy, but
many children find them unappetizing, so avoid this problem by "hiding" vegetables in pasta sauce
or on home-made pizzas and soups.
Getting children involved in cooking is also a great way to encourage them to try new foods. The
experience can be a fun way to help develop your child's palate and promote a healthy interest in
A healthy diet includes a diversity of foods, which ensure that your child gets an adequate amount
of all the major food groups.
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It is important to monitor the amount of salt and sugar that your child is eating, they can affect
your child's health. In May 2003, the The Food Standards Agency (UK) issued maximum recommended
levels of salt for children.
The maximum amount of salt children should be having varies by age:
* 4 to 6 years – 3g a day
* 7 to 10 years – 5g a day
* 11 years upwards – 6g a day
The maximum amount of sugar children should be having varies by age:
* 4 to 6 years - 40g per day
* 7 to 10 years - 46g per day
* 11 to 14 years - 50g per day.
Easy Kids Recipes - Intolerances and Allergies.
Research into intolerance and
allergies suggests that many may be controlled or eliminated by the right diet or restricting
certain types of foods. If there is a history of allergies in your family or you suspects that your
child may have a serious allergy, speak with your doctor. Take expert advice on compiling a diet
that may restrict certain food as necessary. Avoid giving any nuts or nuts products to children
under the age of three, in any case.
Easy Kids Recipes - Strategies for healthy eating.
A diet reliant on processed
foods or with little fruit and vegetables can serious affect a child's physical development,
behaviour and concentration levels. So having established that fresh food is best, how can you make
sure that your child eats the food that you choose ?
- It is important not to become obsessive and stressed over what your child is eating. As soon as
your child reach the ages of one year, your goal should be to increase the variety of foods
- Don't overload their plates.
- Don't press children to eat what they obviously dislike and don't give in to pressure to give
them just what they want.
- Encourage them to try new flavours.
- Avoid commenting on what your children eat or discussing weight or calories in front of them.
- Avoid classifying food as children's or adult's food, because adult's food may appeal to many
children because they often like strong flavours.
- There is nothing quite like creative presentation to tempt the palate of a young child or fussy
eater. Open sandwiches into attractive shapes, funny faces on pizzas, alphabet pasta shapes into
soups, home-made burgers and fish cakes into fancy shapes. The limit to what you can create is your
Easy Kids Recipes - Your 5-a-day target.
Getting your child to eat the required
five portions of fruits and vegetables a day seem like a challenge, but once you realize that a
portion is not too big, it will seem less daunting.
A useful way to judge a child's portion is the amount the child
can hold in one hand, increase the amount as the child grows. If you consider that
you can actually often incorporate a significant amount of fruit or vegetables in one recipe, the
5-a-day goal becomes more realistic.
Easy Kids Recipes which incorporate vegetables rather than serving them as a side dish, tend to be
more acceptable to children generally.
Be creative and add vegetables to kids favourites such as mashed potatoes, add other root
vegetables or puréed greens without much extra effort.
Children often prefer their vegetables raw, so colourful strips of raw vegetables are ideal for
lunch boxes, also includes fruit in as many desserts as possible. You can make very healthy pure
fruit lollies by freezing fresh puréed fruit such as mango, strawberry and raspberry.
Make sure you vary the fruit and vegetables. mixing up the colours, find beautiful easy kids
recipes here to help you.
Another good strategy is letting your children help you choose what to buy and also helping
themselves at the table makes them feel that they have some control.
It is impossible to regulate everything that your children eat, but by encouraging good habits
early on, you stand a much better chance of your children carrying them through to adulthood.
Easy Kids Recipes developed a BOARD GAME to help you and your
children to have a healthier diet. With 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day your children
will grow healthy and strong. This game encourage the child to eat more fruits and vegetables
with lots of fun.
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