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How to make food enjoyable for kids?

1. Get them involved: If you involve kids in planning meals, going grocery shopping, and preparing food, peeling or dressing food, they will become invested in the process and more likely to eat. 2. Go to the source: Teach kids where their food comes from. Rather than limiting yourself to the weekly supermarket run, take your family to a local farmer’s market (or to the farm itself) and meet the people who grow the food. Planting tomatoes and brinjal in the garden may tempt a child to try the fruits of her labor. 3. Make healthy choices available: Give them choice rather than putting only one option available in front of them. A healthy option might help them improve their dislikes. For instance, sprouts can be served in the form of cooked sprout cutlets than a regular sprout salad. 4. Innovative & Nutritious: A child doesn’t have to just eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day he can also drink them. Smoothies and mixed fruit drinks like watermelon slush, or strawberry yogurt ice cream and mango lassi. These small innovations can help you & your child eating those things which were difficult eating earlier. 5. Be a role model: A recent study found that young children’s food tastes are significantly related to foods that their mothers liked and disliked. Letting your child see you order a fresh salad rather a burger and fries at the drive-through may encourage her to do the same. 6. Make Home Cooking a Priority: This can be very difficult with all the commitments and activities we all have, but this will be one of the most rewarding things you can do for your family. Not only will you get to spend quality time together. 7. Teach healthy eating habits early: Use meal and snack times as teachable moments to help even the youngest children make wise food choices.

Dr. Garima Tiwari

Child Nutrition Expert

Rainbow Children's Hospital, Banjara Hills