Well-nourished children grow up strong and healthy with a well-functioning immune system. Nourishment does not necessarily have to come solely from packaged nutrition products. When you make an effort to feed your child with your own healthy homemade food, you add personal touch and goodness to the growth of your little one. There are innumerable ways to make healthy food for little children at home.
Though commercially available foods are an easy option, you cannot entirely rely on them for your child’s nourishment and growth. Making an effort to feed your child with healthy and additive-free homemade food with a variety of nutritious ingredients in childhood will make it easier for you to introduce new food to kids as they grow, helps you ensure that your child is eating healthy and safe food and also encourages your child develop healthy eating habits early in life.
The sooner a child is introduced to nutritious homemade food, the easier you will find it to help them eat well-balanced food and naturally prefer homemade food. You can also reduce the risk of food allergies in children when you make food at home, as you are in control of the ingredients that go into the dish.
Among the best foods to introduce in early childhood are:
- Sweet potato
- Whole grains
When introducing new food to children keep these points in mind:
- Give them a small portion of the new food
- Select food that is easy for toddlers to chew and soft
- As much as possible provide them fresh and nutritious food
- Avoid foods that could cause choking in toddlers
- Avoid negotiating or rewarding for trying the new food
- Stay positive and don’t give up your efforts
Eating homemade food that is free from chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, hormones, and unhealthy ingredients helps kids grow into healthy and happy adults. It equips them to choose healthier food options even when they eat outside at times. Make sure to switch off screens such as TV or laptops when eating at home and connect with each other over mealtime.