BLOG: How can I get my child to eat healthily?

By Chris Neal, Chef at Angels Day Nursery

We all know that babies and toddlers can be fussy eaters. They are at that stage where they are discovering new flavours and textures or just want to test the boundaries!

Quite often I am asked for tips on how to make fun, tasty meals for children and encourage them to eat healthy foods.

With this in mind, I have put together my Top Five Healthy Eating Tips:

  1. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of Vitamin C. Make healthy fruit salads and add in small pieces of orange to provide that vital Vitamin C boost!

  2. Milk and dairy products provide the best sources of calcium needed for bone growth. One tasty way to get children to consume dairy is rice pudding. This old classic is one of my favourites - and judging by the clean plates - it is one of the children’s as well!

  3. Bread, rice, pasta, breakfast cereal and potatoes are all starchy foods that provide energy and are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Our hungry ‘little angels’ love the lamb or veggie pasta bake and we always try and introduce brown rice, brown bread and brown pasta where possible as a healthier eating option.

  4. Oily fish eaten twice a week provides a great source of vitamin D, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids among others. Here at Angels we love our smoked mackerel pate and freshly prepared tuna sandwiches!

  5. Instead of frying an egg try poaching it instead to cut down on the fat.

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