Is your Child a fussy eater? If there’s one thing that parents worry about, it’s children’s nutrition. So what do children need?
According to Nutritionist Frankie Lewis from Nature’s Gold, a lot of parents go to see her because their child is a fussy eater and only eat pasta: “I speak to them about rotating their food, varying the grains that they use. Use buckwheat pasta, corn pasta or quinoa pasta. Make homemade pesto sauces with veggies and then blend the sauce up and serve”.
There are lots of supplements and multivitamins for children in liquid form or as chewable tablets. Multivitamin supplements are ideal if the child is a fussy eater as it will provide a little of everything the child needs, while you take the time to be relaxed around food and slowly introduce them to new tast4es.
Emily Whitehead, a nutritional therapist who works as consultant to vitamin brand ‘BetterYou” says: “Multivitamin are suitable to be taken all year round as they should cover the spectrum needed. If a child is particularly deficient in a vitamin or mineral a standalone supplement should be considered, but always seek advice of a health practitioner before you do this”.
“Sometimes sleep problems can be caused by a child being low in magnesium”, says Frankie Lewis.
Magnesium is found in green vegetables, nuts and legumes.
Frankie also suggests homegrown alternatives: “Why not grow your own sprouts on the kitchen windowsill? The more living foods we eat, the better we feel. To keep it simple, I tell parents to serve lots of food from the ground and foods that you would pick from a tree. If you serve animal proteins for lunch, try to have a vegetarian option in the evening”.
We know a lot about how most shop-bought snack foods are bad for our children, but what foods are OK for them to snack on? “An ideal snack plate when your child comes home from school would be raw carrots sticks, five or six sugar snap peas, two or three almonds, a small handful of sunflower seeds, slices of cucumber with the skin on, a small bowl of home-made popcorn. They will love to graze on these foods”, says Frankie Lewis.
Source: Article Published at ‘Rude Health” Magazine, September/October issue 2014.