Today, one concern we all moms discuss the most is How to feed their fussy eaters or How to increase a child’s appetite. The kids these days aren’t interested in food or we can say they are distracted much with the “Screens”. Their appetite is gone for a toss. So, how can we make things better when it comes to healthy eating. Increasing a child’s appetite can be tricky, especially if they find the food unappealing or they are struggling to eat on their own. However, don’t stress there are ways to help them eat right and eat better.
Here are some suggestions for boosting healthy eating habit and increase a child’s appetite :
1) Drink water early morning
Even before offering them milk or breakfast, Offer them water. Having water first thing in the morning help not only in cleaning their intestine but also helping in building the right appetite.
2) Compulsory healthy breakfast
A healthy breakfast boosts metabolism after the night‘s fast and gets the body ready to face the day. Hence, eating a healthy balanced breakfast is bound to help increase your child ‘s appetite.
To help them eat their first meal of the day ensure that you too have your breakfast along with a cup of milk or tea. Basically, ensure that breakfast is one compulsory meal in your house. If your child is going to school, ensuring their tummy is full is really important to give them the right head start of the day.
3) Feed frequently
It is observed that kids who fuss a lot over food, are the ones who are force-fed. Also, chances are they may not be hungry enough due to lack of physical activity or low appetite.
Try to add a few fun activities in their day so that they have enough physical activities and offer them healthy food/snacks every couple of hours. They may be eating their standard three meals. But that may not be boosting their digestive system enough, to make them feel hungry again. Regular healthy balanced meals in small portion every 2-3 hours will help build their metabolism.
4) Snacks are meals too
We often offer junk food like cookie, chips, candies, chocolate etc for snacks. But if you want your child to have a better eating habit and appetite offer snacks as good as meals.
5) Never substitute milk with a meal
It is observed that one of the reasons for low appetite in kids is a problem called ‘too much milk’. When kids have milk as fillers, it tends to kill their appetite for the next meal. So keep their milk intake in a limit.
Also to add dairy in their meals in forms like cheese, yoghurt, or cream. You may also include other calcium-rich cereals in their diet like Ragi
6) Offer favourite foods
Kids will be kids, we can’t force them to eat Dal, Rice, Roti Sabzi for each meal. The very first sight of food is the first problem we need to tackle. Make it interesting, colourful with some favourites of your child.
You may try offering his/her favourite foods initially. Once their metabolism is running, Healthy food can follow. We have to ensure that our little one starts accepting the very idea of eating.
Also Read: How I feed by Fussy eater
7) Offer small bite-size food items
Small bites of food would build metabolism, which in turn would improve their appetite. Offer smaller bites of and finely chop vegetables to your child. Slowly, their want for food will increase. One can continue offering small bites until they start self-feeding and decide their own bite-size themselves.
8) Avoid oily food
Our traditional Indian parents have a tendency of offering high calorie ‘ghee-loaded’ food to children. Such fatty foods may help them gain weight but they make them feel full for longer and kill their appetite for the next meal. Going easy on less fatty products and including more of dairy products would help.
9) Play more
We all know that involving in any physical activity like playing any sports or exercising would help better.
Instead of offering them a screen, play with them or let them go out with friends and enjoy some physical activities. If you see that your child isn’t eating or has a declining appetite, increase playtime. You will definitely see that hunger coming back! And when they are hungry they won’t fuss much about food. As a parent ensure you fill their plate with right nutrients.
10) Don’t skip dessert
kids love sweet, in fact, we all love our desserts. including a dessert in their mealtime, will have something they look forward too.
You may try some fruit-based desserts which would be healthy yet help in building an appetite. They would work towards improving their digestion and boost their metabolism. It is also seen that colourful fruit-based desserts attract children to finish their meals faster.
Have you got more ideas/tips that helped your feeding your fussy eating child or how to Increase a Child’s appetite? Share your suggestion in the ‘Comment’ section below. Let’s help each other
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