During the Corona crisis, not only childcare but also food in daycare centers and schools was eliminated. Here, tips and tricks around family nutrition, as well as child-friendly recipes, help, which can be prepared cost-effectively and with little effort.
Rejection of food: In kindergarten my child eats everything; at home it is very picky. What can I do?
Children like to endure small power struggles over their behavior at meals. The selective behavior may therefore have a different cause than the actual rejection of the food offered.
Maybe your child is looking for more attention. So eat together if possible, be patient, and avoid contentious topics at the table. Simply offer the most varied dishes again and again and eat them yourself with pleasure.
The fact that your child eats everything in kindergarten is also due to the shared experience of eating with other children. Include your child in the planning or let them help with the preparation. A dish that your child helped create is more likely to be eaten with pride and appetite.
Allergy: Can the daycare forbid bringing your own food?
If there is evidence of an allergy, an individual solution should be sought in a conversation with the daycare management or the educators. This can be the consideration of the allergy in the food planning or the bringing of own food.
Bread: Some children don’t like bread bark. What can I do?
The chewing of bread bark has a favorable influence on the chewing muscles. Therefore, bread should always be offered with bark.
Depending on the age and level of development of the child, the pieces should be smaller or larger. Offered again and again, the child usually gets used to the bread bark over time. Perhaps a popular spread such as .B cream cheese, quark with jam, or simply butter is an incentive for the child.
Fish sticks: Are fish sticks healthy?
Children love fish in the form of fish sticks. Fish sticks are mostly made from Alaskan saithe or saithe. Marine fish make an important contribution to the supply of iodine. Unfortunately, fish sticks also contain plenty of fat – due to the panade, which usually accounts for about a third of the fish stick and is full of fat when roasted.
Five fish sticks from the pan bring about 17 grams of fat to the plate. This is more than the amount of fat a child should eat in a main meal. Therefore, prepare fish sticks better without adding fat in the oven.
Offer your child fish in other types of preparation and slowly bring it to the taste. Combined with pasta and your favorite tomato sauce or as a fish burger, it may just as well be received.
Breakfast: How important is breakfast?
Very important, because the carbohydrate stores of the liver are completely or mostly exhausted due to the night break.
The first breakfast at home and the second in kindergarten fill up these “holes”. If your child doesn’t like a sumptuous breakfast or muesli right after getting up, the broken bread should provide balance and be a little more substantial.
Make sure your child doesn’t leave the house without breakfast. A small thing can always be eaten, e.B. a small bread with quark or cheese, a piece of fruit, a cup of milk or cocoa.
Milk: My child doesn’t like milk – what to do?
Offer your child home-cooked less sweetened cocoa, yoghurt or thick milk.
Often home-made mixed milk drinks with fresh fruit are often drunk. Puree bananas or berry fruit with milk or buttermilk.
Attention: Ready-to-buy mixed milk drinks often contain a lot of sugar, coloring and flavoring savers and little fruit. If your child consistently avoids milk and milkshakes, you can also hide milk well in milk rice, pudding, pancakes or semolina porridge, spreads or mashed potatoes.
Other ways to meet calcium requirements include calcium-rich mineral water, berry fruits or vegetables, such as fennel, porree or broccoli, but also whole grains.
Candy: How many sweets are allowed?
Children – let us be honest – can only imagine a life without sweets. It is also not necessary to ban sweets completely.
Firstly, bans are very tempting and, secondly, a ban cannot be enduring. It is important to be moderate and to have some rules that are easy to teach children.
The children’s hand, shaped into a bowl, is a measure of the amount of sweets that can be eaten in one day. What fits in can be eaten throughout the day. In general, it is not necessary to eat constantly in between, but rather once a day in order to keep the load on the teeth as low as possible. Leave the selection of sweets to your child, you only determine the quantity. In order to get to know the right measure, a naschdose is also suitable, in which the naschration is stored for a week.
Make it clear to your child that it will only be replenished after a week, even if the can is empty after two days. In this way, dividing becomes a challenge that promotes your child’s self-reliance and forward-looking thinking and acting. Your own eating behaviour is also decisive, because your child imitates their behavior.
Too long intervals between meals can also be the cause of cravings for sweets. Here, small snacks such as fresh fruit, nuts or dried fruits, or a crispbread with cream cheese can help. Sweets are also often eaten out of boredom, or given against grief, as comfort or reward. Some adults, therefore, struggle with obesity in later years. Alternatives are shared activities, special games, reading, or simply cuddling and talking to each other.
Vegetarian: Can I feed my child vegetarian?
A vegetarian diet, which includes milk and dairy products, eggs and perhaps fish, is also suitable for children.
To ensure the supply of iron, iron-rich cereals (rye, millet, oats, green kernel) and the vegetables spinach, fennel, Brussels sprouts and kale should be offered more often. For infants who may eat cereal seats less frequently, moderate meat consumption of two small portions a week can counteract a lack of iron supply.
For this purpose, vitamin C-containing fruits or vegetables should always be served, as the iron from the grain can then be better absorbed and utilized.
Consumption of legumes, such as lentils, beans or peas, should also play a role in the vegetarian diet, as legumes are a good source of protein.
However, a vegan diet is not advisable for children. Important suppliers of vitamins B12 and B2, calcium and protein building blocks, which are of great importance for the development of children, are missing here. Therefore, the German Society for Nutrition strongly advises against this.
Pizza: Pizza, pasta and fries always go – how can you make healthy meals out of it?
These three components are not fundamentally bad. It always depends on the combination and method of preparation.
A pizza topped with lots of fresh vegetables and possibly dough made from whole meal flour is quite a healthy meal. And also with pasta dishes there are countless combinations with vegetables, tomatoes or fish, which make pasta a full-fledged dish.
And every now and then there is nothing against fries, if these are combined with salad or raw food .B or if low-fat homemade ones come out of the oven.
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