How to replace harmful sweets for a child?

Feb­ru­ary 25, 2016, 03:04 pm

A beautiful fruit dessert pleases the eye, stimulates appetite and is good for health.

A beau­ti­ful fruit dessert pleas­es the eye, stim­u­lates appetite and is good for health.

Jane Ogden in her book “How to teach a child to eat healthy” assures: noth­ing is impos­si­ble if you are deter­mined to instill in your child the right eat­ing habits. Her rec­om­men­da­tions will help replace harm­ful sweets with fruits.

1. Fruit bowl in plain sight.

Buy any fruit and put them in a vase, leav­ing it in an acces­si­ble place. Snack­ing between meals is not a good habit, but fruit between meals is healthy. Such a sim­ple trick will help to quick­ly accus­tom the baby to “seize” hunger not with cook­ies or a sand­wich, but with some­thing use­ful.

2. “Mindless” food with benefits.

It must be admit­ted that both adults and chil­dren are prone to “mind­less” food — we chew some­thing with­out real­iz­ing what we are doing. For exam­ple, when we watch an excit­ing movie or read an inter­est­ing book, and the hand itself reach­es for a bowl of sweets, cook­ies or a bowl of chips … It’s time to replace the con­tents of the bowl with chopped fruit. Fine­ly chop them and put the fruit plat­ter on a plate. You’ll see, after 30 min­utes there will be noth­ing left on it.

3. Make dessert a joy.

Whole grain bread with homemade low-sweet jam is a great breakfast.

Whole grain bread with home­made sweet jam is a great break­fast.

Try not to end every meal with dessert, but occa­sion­al­ly have a spe­cial feast with sweets. And it is bet­ter that these are, for exam­ple, fruits with cream or yogurt, a pear sprin­kled with choco­late, home­made low-sweet jam, etc.

4. Involve children in cooking simple and beautiful.

Together, cook a fragrant apple pie and then enjoy it at a common table - what could be better!

Togeth­er, cook a fra­grant apple pie and then enjoy it at a com­mon table — what could be bet­ter!

Set an exam­ple for your chil­dren and eat what you would like to offer them. Then they are unlike­ly to decide that you are con­trol­ling or coerc­ing them, and there will be no rea­son to protest.

5. Bring fruits to school with you.

If your child takes a lunch or break­fast box with him to school, be sure to put him some fruit — an apple, pear, tan­ger­ine or orange.

6. Fruits for dessert.

All chil­dren love sweets. But if you do not buy large quan­ti­ties of sweets for home, then this will be con­sid­ered rou­tine. And you, by the way, will not be tempt­ed to use them as a way to cheer up or achieve obe­di­ence from a child. Instead of sweets and choco­lates, eat sweet foods with loved ones, but always with fruits — oat­meal cook­ies, mues­li bars, pud­dings and yogurts with fruit, fruit sal­ad with whipped cream or cream.

7. Drink fruits.

Make nat­ur­al fruit juices, fruit and veg­etable smooth­ies, make smooth­ies. But the eas­i­est way is to accus­tom your­self and all fam­i­ly mem­bers to drink fruit juice in the morn­ing. To do this, you need a juicer, fruit and no more than 15 min­utes. Deli­cious and extreme­ly use­ful!

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