I was reading an article about “10 Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that every child needs”. The important nutrients mentioned in the article are:
- Fatty acids
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- 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 .