Expanding child’s food palate

I was reading an article about “10 Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that every child needs”. The important nutrients mentioned in the article are:

  1. Calcium
  2. Iron
  3. Fatty acids
  4. Magnesium
  5. Potassium
  6. Zinc
  7. Vitamin A
  8. Vitamin C
  9. Vitamin D
  10. Vitamin E

My Son is a very picky and fussy eater. Feeding him is not an easy job. There are days that he had taken only one meal instead of 3 meals. I can relax a bit for one thing that he loves to try different veggies and fruits. But, he hardly eats his main dish (rice, idly, dosa, Roti etc). I know this is a common problem among toddlers. So how to make sure that they are eating right? How to be sure that their required nutrients value are met?. Hmm, practically speaking maintaining a nutrient chart for my son will not be a fruitful one.

Then what we could do?  Try to offer different varieties of healthy food for each meal. Kids love to explore new things , their inquisitive nature kindles them to try new/different taste,  textures and colors. Also ,we can make a simple meal as more nutritious.For example , if you are  preparing dosa, instead of giving it as a plain dosa, add grated or chopped veggies/ paneer/ cheese/ tofu.  In few simple words, Quality matters. As a parent, If we encourage our child to eat varieties of healthy food then we are providing them an opportunity to expand their food palate. Also there is a lot of chances to make sure their intake has adequate nutrients .


About shobz

Fun loving and amicable person. Neither an extrovert nor an introvert. Enjoy reading books. Mostly, attracted to health related articles. Passionate about music. Have a long time desire “to sing at a concert”. Striving to be an exuberant and straight forward person. saying that inspire me ” Instead of expecting a miracle; Be the Miracle”.
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3 Responses to Expanding child’s food palate

  1. deeps says:

    aww..my heart goes to you.. exactly what i have gone through. Trust me, its just a phase. kids will eventually outgrow it. even i have tried dosa with cheese (weird combo right 🙂 have also tried
    soaking dosa in milk, adding nut butters. being a vegeterian its was hard for me to think of options and alternatives when he ends up saying a BIG NO. by the time they are 2 you will have more options to feed. by the way nice blog shobu. way to go!

  2. Aarthi says:

    Good one Shobana ur blog is alx simple and easy to read and understand for ppl like me who are very poor in reading. I shd start practicing to feed more variety with good nutrients for my son than the usual stuff keep going ……

  3. 1createblogs says:

    Nice post !

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