Wholesome meals swaps which can be kid-friendly
Swapping unhealthy favorites for healthier alternatives can help ensure that your child is getting a balanced diet and getting all of the vitamins and minerals they need.
Here are a few simple kid-friendly food swops you can try:
Opt for baked potatoes over fried fries
First the good news: potatoes are a vegetable and they’re high in potassium and fiber, as well as carbohydrates; which do your child well in moderation. A healthy serving of potatoes contains more carbohydrates than most diets allow.
Now for the bad news: for all of its benefits as a legitimate healthy food, fried potatoes are not good for children.
If you want to treat your child with french fries, consider baking fresh homemade french fries or wedges in the oven. This means that you are in control of all of the oils and condiments that go into your child’s hearty treat.
Top tip: Jicama looks like a potato, feels like a potato, tastes like a mix of pear and potato, but has fewer carbohydrates and more fiber. Air Fried Jicama is the chip of choice if you’re trying to get your kids to eat healthier carbohydrate options.
Forget about store-bought sauces and dips
Packaged sauces and dips are one way many parents unwittingly give their children more sugar than they expected. By making your own sauces and dips, you can keep track of how much sugar and oil are in them.
You can also control other ingredients used in sauces and omit foods that may conflict with your child’s diet and health plan.
Using tomato relish instead of tomato sauce is another opportunity to sneak in some more vegetables (mixed into your relish) and experiment with different herbs and natural spices for flavor.
Dips like homemade hummus can be customized and made from beans, with vegetables, and also in different flavors.
Replace Puffed rice for millet
It may not crack, crackle, and pop when you add milk, but poof millet is richer in fiber than puffed rice, which means your child will stay full longer and allow for a richer breakfast.
Top Tip: Using puffed millet is also an option for making treats and snacks.
Be aware that you are giving your child too much daddy
Pap is an African staple that some of us just can’t let go of. The problem with Pap for most children is the number of carbohydrates in it compared to the number of other nutrients like iron, fiber, and protein. Try to serve your porridge as an accompaniment to the main meal and not the main meal itself.