Kids are always a picky eater. Can you blame them? They are in an age where fast foods, snacks and munchies are all they want to eat. We all have crossed that age where we have made these kinds of demands to our parents. However, this phase of childcare definitely become a pain for mothers and caregivers as they don’t know what they should give to the kids which have high nutritional value and are attractive enough for them to eat.
Initially, sandwiches were the best solutions for this problem, but the kids are getting smarter these days. They understand that the mommy has stuffed veggies in their sandwich. Now they have started to ask for the alternative to a sandwich. Whatever the alternative parents or the caregivers offer to their kids should be high on nutritional value.
So here are some of the alternative options you can feed to your kid without any hassle either at home or at the child care facility they go.
- Fried rice with lots of veggies especially cut into very small sizes so that the child will not pick on them. You can sneak a little cookie at the bottom to entice them to eat the whole box.
- Bite size pieces of tuna patties.
- Sausages bit size burgers.
- Baked beans along with a ketchup or tomato gravy inside.
- Rice paper rolls with the filling of veggies including carrot, cucumber as well as chicken.
- Chicken nuggets (homemade, it is every kid’s favourite dish).
- Cheese quesadillas with salsa and some bite-size pieces of either chicken or ham.
- Veggies and hummus.
- Salads with rich dressing.
- Boiled eggs along with some veggies and munchies.
- French toasts.
- Pizza Rolls.
- If your kid loves seafood, then sushi can work too.
- Mini quiche.
- Bite size pieces of Omelette and bread.
Childcare is one of the most important tasks in one’s life. You have to be careful about what you are feeding your kid and what kind of nutrition you are providing to them. Always remember that whatever you pack in the lunch should be homemade.
Here is the list of nutritional items which should be included in the daily diet of the growing kids. It helps in the child care, their proper growth and mental development.
- Carbohydrates: Kids need a huge amount of energy as they burn it very fast and quickly. Carbohydrates can be in the form of Starches, sugar as well as fibres. However, the kids need only Starches and fibres. Food items which offer high Carbohydrates content are: Cereals, Breads, rice, Pasta, Crackers, and potatoes.
- Protein: Food items which offer high protein contents are: Poultry, Meat, Eggs, Beans, Fish, Nuts and dairy Products.
- Fats: Food items which offer high fat contents are: Cooking oils, Nuts, Whole-milk dairy products, Fish and Meat.
- Calcium: Food items which offer high Calcium contents are: Cheeses, Milk, Ice cream, Yogurt, Broccoli, Tofu, Egg yolks and Spinach.
- Folate: Food items which offer high Folate contents are: Lentils, Asparagus, Black or kidney beans, Whole-grain cereals, Chickpeas, Spinach, and Brussels sprouts.
- Iron: Food items which offer high Iron contents are: Liver, Shellfish, Beans, Iron-fortified cereals, Red meats, Poultry, Whole grains and Nuts.
- Fiber: Food items which offer high Fibber contents are: Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Whole-grain cereals, Lentils, Seeds, and Nuts.
- Vitamin C: Food items which offer high Vitamin C contents are: Strawberries, Potatoes, Cabbage, Spinach, Mangoes, Citrus fruits (such as oranges), Tomatoes, Melons, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Papayas.
- Vitamin A: Food items which offer high Vitamin A contents are: Sweet potatoes, Apricots, Broccoli, Fish oils, Carrots, Squash, Spinach, Cabbage and Egg yolks.
Thus, all the parents should take a keen step for one’s diet, as the young age is the growing age which requires a lot of attention from parent’s side.