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How to Make Your Child Try New Foods with These 7 Proven Methods

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Do you have a little one? Then you already know that children are naturally resistant to trying new foods. While your kids may be good at eating foods they are already accustomed to, it takes a great effort for them to get used to eating new foods. And as a parent, you need to know the efficient methods you can use when introducing your children to new types of nutrition.

Here are some of the reliable and dependable methods you can use when presenting new foods to your child.

Be calm
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The last thing you want your child to know is that you are mad at him for not readily trying new foods. This is going to make the child more resistant and will eventually make them hate the food you are introducing, no matter how nutritious it is. That’s why it’s better to remain calm even when you are outright frustrated and disappointed.

Be casual towards introducing a new food to your child and ensure that you make dinner time as lively as it can be. This makes it easy for your kids to find fun in trying the new foods and become more interested in doing so.

Don’t offer alternatives

child eatingWhen introducing a new food to your child, it is important that you do not provide any alternatives or substitutes for the food.

If your kid realizes that there’s an alternative food that he/she can substitute for the new food, they will definitely not try the new food. If you are introducing pasta or veggies to your child, do not provide any other food that the child can prefer to the new food.

Do not fear or worry that your child will go to bed hungry because they don’t like the new food. You need to know that some lessons in life are best when learned the hard way. Skipping one or two meals in a week won’t do any harm to the child but will instead make them develop interest in the new food you are introducing.

Be enthusiastic about the new food

encourageEnthusiasm and positivity are contagious.

If you show your child that you are enthusiastic about the new food you are introducing them to, they will definitely feel equally enthusiastic. This positivity inclines the mind towards accepting the food more readily and without objection or resistance at all.

Eat the food with your child so that he knows that the food is right and tasty for them to try out. You cannot stress the importance of trying out a new food for your children if you are not eating the food yourself. This might send a contradictory message to the child that the food may not be as important and nutritious as you put it to be.

Be patient
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It is almost impossible for your child to become fond and overly interested in a new food at first instance unless it is candy or sweets.

As such, it is important to be patient with your child as he/she tries a new food. At first, it is likely that the child will be completely disinterested in the food but with time, the child’s interest and positivity about the food are bound to increase.

According to a recent research, children try out new foods for 7-15 times before they acquire a taste for the food. Therefore, you need to constantly motivate your child to try the new food and exercise great patience while you are doing this.

Try soups

soupSoups are an excellent choice when introducing new foods to children, particularly if you’re presenting them new veggies. This is because soups can be cooked in lots of ways and they add flavor and taste to most foods. In fact, children tend to prefer soups more than other types of meals.

They also love creativity. As such, when introducing new soups in their diet, it is important to creatively prepare the soup using different flavors and serve with different meals. In addition to this, you can use special bowls and spoons to make the dining experience more special.

Involve your child in cooking

baby kitchenYour kids will exhibit little or no resistance to the food they prepared themselves.

This is because there is a sense of pride and self-belief that comes about when your child prepares his own meal. What is more important about food preparation is that children are more likely to eat new foods when they know what is in the food.

However, when having your children help you prepare and cook food in the kitchen, it is important to be extra careful so that the kids do not burn or cut themselves. It can be quite fun to have your children help you in the kitchen but an accident can happen any time. Therefore, there is need to be alert and overly cautious.

Record progress

writingThe easiest and most accurate way to determine if your child is developing interest in the new food you are introducing is tracking the progress over time.

If your child had 3 bites of the new food yesterday and after a fortnight, he increases this consumption to 10 bites; you need to record such progress. In line with this, you should also commend any improvements and accomplishments. This will motivate the child to consume more of the new food.

At first, it is possible for you to see very little or hardly any improvement as the child’s interest in the new food is very low. However, with time this is bound to increase and improve.

It is advisable that you discourage your child from eating too much of junky and excessively sugary foods. These foods are known to cause lifestyle illnesses such as hypertension and diabetics; most of which have severe effects and are life threatening. So, make sure to keep them at bay.

About the author: This blog post is written by Danny from MyParentingJournal.com, a blog dedicated to parenting best practices, advice, practical tips, and useful resources. Feel free to connect with him to share your parenting stories today.

10 iPhone Apps for Tracking Kids Nutritional Needs

Guest post by journalist and health advocate, Suzanne Cullen.

Keeping up with what your child needs, what she doesn’t need, and what she’s actually eating can be difficult, but it’s also essential for parents who understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and are dedicated to instilling good eating habits in their kids. Fortunately, managing your child’s dietary needs and habits is easier than ever with the advent of the smartphone. These 10 are dedicated to nutrition and diet, and are great options for monitoring your child’s diet.

  1. Food Scanner: Good Food or Bad Food? – With your iPhone’s built-in camera you can take a picture of a food item’s UPC bar code and check it against over 200,000 food products stored in the FoodScanner app to receive exhaustive nutritional information. Managing calorie intake and monitoring ingredients of everyday foods is easier than ever, and can be handled through FoodScanner for the price of a $0.99 download.
  2. Meal Snap – Calorie Counting Magic – Taking a picture of your child’s meal with the built-in iPhone camera and running the Meal Snap app will return nutritional information on the entree quickly and accurately. If you’re a parent who’s obsessed with social media and documentation, Meal Snap also lets you share your culinary photography on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare.
  3. Blood Sugar Tracker  – Parents of diabetic children know exactly how important it is to monitor kids’ sugar intake in order to prevent dangerous surges and drops. With Blood Sugar Tracker, logging the results of blood tests and tracking them over the course of days, weeks, and even months is incredibly simple. The app isn’t at all complicated to use, and is free in the App Store.
  4. Serious Nutritional Tracker – Keeping track of your child’s calorie intake, estimated energy, protein, and fluid requirements, as well as intake levels of individual nutrients, is all possible with the Serious Nutrition Tracker. Because the app is designed for bodybuilders and other fitness buffs, there are features here that parents aren’t likely to need, but the $2.99 price tag makes the app well worth the purchase, as it does allow you to track your child’s dietary habits over an extended period of time.
  5. Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet & Nutrition Scanner – Taking first place in the U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge and being featured by a list that reads like a who’s who of major news outlets, Fooducate lets parents know exactly what the processed foods they purchase for their children contain. With a scan of the bar code you can determine exactly how healthy your grocery list actually is and modify it as needed to ensure that your little ones aren’t eating foods laden with trans fats, dangerous chemical additives, and loads of sugar.
  6. Eight Glasses a Day – Staying well hydrated is an essential part of human health, but keeping up with the amount of water your child drinks can be difficult. Eight Glasses a Day greatly simplifies the process of monitoring water intake by allowing you to simply touch a glass on the screen to make it disappear every time your little one finishes a glass.
  7. Restaurant Nutrition – Keeping track of what your child is eating when you visit a restaurant isn’t easy, and some restaurants use deliberately misleading wording on their menus to create the illusion of healthy, nutritious entrees when they’re really anything but that. With over 250 restaurants in their database, Restaurant Nutrition helps you track the foods your child is eating on the go. Best of all, Restaurant Nutrition is free in the App Store.
  8. Food Tracker Pro – Tracking your child’s dietary choices without counting calories or keeping tedious lists is easy with FoodTrackerPro, which allows you to help her make good decisions about her diet and keep up with what she’s eating. The simple interface is easy to use, and the app allows you to look at weekly, monthly, and yearly charts.
  9. EatRight – Keep up with your child’s diet in relation to the major food groups, fluid intake, and sweets/fats with EatRight, a $1.99 app with a 7 day log and daily tracker. The optional progress sharing feature is also great for nannies, who can send charges’ dietary information to busy parents to keep them in the loop.
  10. 5 A Day – Getting five servings of fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet is easier than you think, especially when you have this $0.99 app to help. A collection of recipes that are heavy on fresh fare, 5 A Day helps users meet their daily produce quota.

Determining what foods are suitable for your child and how well her dietary needs are being met through the power of the iPhone and the App Store can help to ensure that she learns good eating habits and the importance of good nutrition from an early age. Remember, kids learn most of their habits by modeling the adults in their lives, so making an effort to eat well yourself is another teaching tool at your disposal.

About the Author: Suzanne Cullen, regularly writes for http://www.aupair.org/. She is a graduate in English literature and currently pursuing her masters in Online Journalism. She can be reached via email at: suzanneclln91@gmail.com.

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