Helpful Tips for Picky Eaters: Making Sure Your Child Has a Healthy Diet

Children's Nutrition

As a parent, it is completely natural for you to worry about whether or not your child is getting the right vitamins and minerals and an adequate amount of calories as he or she grows and develops.  Unfortunately, many children do not enjoy the foods that are best for them—such as vegetables—and mealtimes can be difficult. To help them get the  nutrition they need, consider the following tips for picky eaters. 

  • Make mealtime exciting
    You can help your child to enjoy eating healthier foods by making meals more fun.  Serve a variety of brightly-colored vegetables with a few different dipping sauces. Consider using cookie cutters or creative culinary techniques to shape healthy foods into interesting shapes.
     
  • Add veggies where they are least expected
    You can get creative with nutrition by sneaking healthy foods into more of your recipes. If your child loves pasta dishes, add some extra vegetables into the sauce. 
     
  • Have your child help you choose and prepare meals
    Letting your child pick out his or her own fruits, vegetables, and grains while at the grocery store will often help your child to be more excited about making healthy choices. Encouraging your child to help you in the food’s preparation may also help him or her to have a more vested interest in the meal.
     
  • Be a good role model
    One of the most important ways that you can help your child eat healthier is to make healthy decisions yourself. Setting a good example at mealtime will often encourage your child to imitate your behavior.

March is National Nutrition Month—celebrate this month by increasing your knowledge of what composes a nutritious, balanced diet and recommit yourself to eating healthier. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital , we believe strongly in the importance of proper nutrition as a part of every treatment and recovery process. If you would like to learn more about our clinical dietitians and how they help our patients achieve better health,  contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437 today.

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