How can I treat my kids to their favourite foods but still ensure they are getting a healthy diet?

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How can I treat my kids to their favourite foods but still ensure they are getting a healthy diet?

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children who fuss over food because they’re not too hungry should be offered food every couple of hours. The standard three meals may not be boosting their digestive system enough to make them feel hungry. Regular meals once in two hours will also help. Try it!

Snacks should be as good as meals if you want a better appetite.
Instead of a cookie, offer a sandwich; instead of chips, offer muesli or cereal.
Think of healthy replacements for snacks and notice the change in your child’s appetite.

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Eating a good, healthy breakfast is bound to increase your child’s appetite.

A balanced breakfast boosts metabolism after the night ‘fast’ and gets the body working for the day.

Ensure that breakfast is a compulsory meal in your household. It’s a tried and tested formula, give it a shot!

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One of the simplest ways to moderate your child’s intake of treat foods is to establish a healthy approach to portion control. If your child loves sweets, set out an agreed upon portion in advance so that their expectations are managed and you are ensuring they aren’t getting too much of a good thing. Another strategy is to replace high energy/high fat ingredients with healthier alternatives. For example, if your children love to eat pizza, why not make a healthier pizza with a wheat base, lots of vegetables and their favourite cheese. A sandwich can be made healthier by using wheat bread/multi-grain bread with their favourite veggies,egg slices and can be served with interesting dips and sauces.

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