February 25, 2016, 03:04 pm
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.
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.
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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