[i]. The higher the energy density, the more likely the child is to accept the taste, thus learning to enjoy that food source. The best time to teach these positive associations is during the critical transition between the breast and solid foods. During this learning curve, it is possible to teach children to not only tolerate, but also truly enjoy their vegetables, as well as other healthy food choices. This can be accomplished by ensuring the child is receiving energy dense meals throughout the day.
If your kids are past this transition phase, it is still possible to curb their taste buds over time and improve their nutrition status during the conversion period. There are a number of cookbooks out on the market now that are devoted to improving the health status of children, while still maintaining some of the comfort tastes that kids prefer. One such cookbook is The Sneaky Chef[ii]
. The authors of this book have developed recipes that literally sneak ‘undesirable’ vegetables like spinach and kale into smile-producing treats like muffins and brownies. No kid would ever turn down one of these delectable treats. There are other great books available that teach you how to convert recipes from highly refined and processed ingredients to those that are whole, organic, and nutrient packed. An example of one of these ingenious publications is The Anti-inflammatory diet Cookbook[iii]
. This must-have book, written by a naturopathic doctor, teaches you how to not only make better choices, but also convert favourite recipes in to healthier, more nutritious meals.
Just as each child has a different and unique personality, so too do they each have unique nutrition needs and requirements. To ensure optimal health for your child, book an appointment with a naturopathic doctor. Not only will our naturopathic doctors help you create a diet plan that is right for your kids, they will also help you determine what additional supplements your kids need to remain healthy, vibrant, and happy.
[i]Drewnowski, A., & Specter, S. (2004). Poverty and obesity: the role of energy density and energy costs. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrtition