Everyone wants the best for their children. Parents are always concerned about the nutrition their children need. Kids are inherently fussy and do not like to experiment with food. Try recalling your own eating habits as a child. Did you dislike vegetables like tomatoes, beans, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, as a child? However, we are sure that you surprisingly developed a liking towards vegetables with time.
Picky eating habits in children are perfectly explained by two researchers from Yale University. Dr. Annie Wertz and Dr. Karen Wynn. The researchers described that children refusing to eat green is part of their survival instinct as children are genetically programmed to avoid plants as it could be poisonous. Therefore, if your child is refusing to eat green and leafy vegetables, do not worry as these habits will grow out with time.
Having stated that, as a parent to watch your child refuse food is heart-breaking. In a bid to feed them some food, parents find consolation in feeding their kids sugary and calorie-laden snacks. Your child will instantly eat foods like pizza, noodles, chocolates, fresh fries, ketchup, chicken nuggets, etc. This is because we are inherently built to like food which has a high content of sugar, salt, and fat.
To mitigate this situation, parents should be more experimental and innovative when it comes to feeding a fussy eater. One modern kitchen appliance that can help you in this endeavour is KENT Noodle & Pasta Maker. This appliance will come in handy to prepare easy, quick and healthy snacks with minimal effort and fussy. Here’s how.
Prepare Fresh Pasta from Scratch
Pasta is not exactly a healthy dish. The base of pasta is made from Maida or all purpose flour. However, what if we tell you that you can make your own pasta at home from scratch? The pasta maker from Kent allows you to prepare fresh pasta at home. You can also customize the ingredients. Instead of using Maida, you can use healthier grains like ragi, whole wheat or multi-grain flour to prepare pasta. All you need to do it is add the desired ingredients put in the pasta maker machine and within 10 minutes the dough is ready.
The appliance also comes with seven different types of shaping dies. You can create the desired shape of pasta at home without putting too much effort.
Prepare Fresh Strands of Noodles
Using the same method, you can also make fresh strands of noodles at home. Children love to eat noodles, however, once you prepare noodles by using KENT Noodle & Pasta Maker, you will stop ordering noodles from a restaurant. Homemade noodles are healthier and tasty than ready-made noodles. Most Chinese restaurants and takeaway joints use a high amount of MSG to enhance the flavour of the food. However, MSG is not healthy for young children and can lead to neurological disorder, fatigue, learning disability and inability to concentrate in them. When you prepare noodles at home, you have full control of the ingredients that you are using.
Add Healthy Ingredients
If you are having a tough time feeding your child vegetables, toss the greens in your child’s favourite pasta and noodle dish. For instance, if you child refuses to eat greens like spinach, you can puree the spinach and add to the dough. Spinach is high in Vitamin A and protein fiber and is a very nutritious vegetable. Similarly, you can also add lots of nutritious veggies like carrots, peas, broccoli in the pasta and noodles.
With a little bit of innovation, you can feed to your child healthy and nutritious snacks at home. To encourage your child to eat better, try involving your kids in the kitchen. Make them do easy tasks that do not include the use of fire and sharp knives. You can also take them to grocery shopping and let them pick veggies that they like.
To conclude, children are genetically programmed to be fussy eaters. So, do not worry immensely if your child refuses to eat certain kind of food. Be patient and continue introducing them to food with new texture and taste.