Vegetables are one of the main food groups that your child should have in their diet. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals for your child.
Vegetables are one of the main food groups that your child should have in their diet. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals for your child. Moreover, it is one of the main sources of fibre, which is great for digestion as well as slowing down the absorption of blood sugar. This way, your child is less likely to overeat throughout the day.
At around 12-24 months, your child may be more interested in sweet taste of sugar than plain vegetables. At mealtimes, your child may even reject any vegetables served on the plate. As such, it is important to find ways of adding vegetables to your child’s meals. One of the simplest ways to get your child eating vegetables is to set a good example. Show your child that you are also eating vegetables and your child may be inclined to mimic you. Otherwise, you can even ‘hide’ vegetables in your meals. Try pureed vegetables, which can be easily mixed into your child’s favourite baby cereal. In your child’s daily meals, try adding small pieces of vegetables such as peas and carrots to get started. You can also help your child adapt to the taste of vegetables by blending it with fruit juice or making a smoothie with yogurt.
Vegetables are an essential part of your child’s diet. However, keep in mind that a variety of food groups will benefit your child and encourage them to accept a wider palate of tastes. Try different types of vegetables with different tastes in meals. Don’t give up if your child refuses them at first, just continue to encourage them in taking the right food.