Family Matters: How to deal with fusspot eaters

Nutritionist Hannah Bailey
Nutritionist Hannah Bailey
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Welcome to the second Hannah’s Health column with me, nutritionist Hannah Bailey. This week we’re talking fussy children.

It’s becoming an increasingly common problem to get children to eat healthy meals. Part of this is likely to be down to meals no longer being eaten as a family.

Ensuring children eat a healthy balanced diet is vital for their health and development. But it can be easier said than done.

So what can you do to make sure your child eats well?

Firstly, decide on an approach and stick to it. Some parents are comfortable with giving a child a meal and not letting them have anything else to eat unless they eat what they are told to. Others find withholding food too difficult. It has to be done in a way that you and your partner are comfortable with.

Make sure you explain to your child what you want them to eat and stick to it. Hide vegetables in tomato sauce. You could make your own meatballs and a tomato sauce to go with them.

Almost any vegetable can be hidden in tomato sauce if it is put in the blender.

Carrots, peppers, onion, celery, mushrooms and butternut squash all work very well.

Pulses such as lentils, red kidney beans and haricot beans can also be blended in.

Encourage your child to help you cook. Kids love making faces on pizzas so let them have a go.

Put a range of vegetables out for them to use and make the bases from wholemeal pitta breads with some tomato sauce and grated cheese.

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