Just as we educate our children in values such as respect, equality or solidarity, why don't we do the same with food? Today we want to talk to you about the importance of educating children's palates to instill in them good eating habits and to eat healthy and healthy.
Children first come into contact with flavors in their fetal stage, during gestation. While in the uterus, they exercise their muscles and their ability to swallow by ingesting amniotic fluid, which is served by the different flavors of the foods that the breast includes in her diet.
In a similar way, during breastfeeding, the particles that convey the different flavors reach the milk that feeds the newborn (generally in its fat), allowing him to be in contact with the flavors of the foods of his family nucleus. , and allowing you to get used to them as well.
Unfortunately, with the introduction of complementary feeding, the baby begins to be responsible for its feeding by making its own choices, something that can work in our favor or against us.
It is vital to keep your little one's interest in new foods, although, truth be told, at 6 months, all foods are new! At this age we generally find that food arouses great interest in the baby, and we must use this fact to our benefit, exposing the child to as many meals or food as possible, always respecting the 3-4 days between them, of course.
Ideally, our challenge is to get our little one to adapt and take an interest in the foods that are usually consumed in the family nucleus, but we must not limit ourselves to offering you always the same, if we want it to develop a good palate. However, it is easy for us to settle down and our little one's diet is limited to puree with chicken, beef or fish and the French omelette or croquettes at dinner time.
We cannot demand that our child eat well, if we always offer the same thing and do not give him the opportunity to try something new. There are many reasons why it is interesting that our children gladly accept a wide variety of foods. Do you want to know them?
- The chances of being able to provide all the essential nutrients when the diet is varied are much higher than when the diet is limited to a number of dishes that are repeated weekly. If there are any vitamin or mineral deficiencies, these will accumulate, becoming problematic in a short time.
- Taste is in variety, and based on this saying, the greater the variety of foods we offer, the more chances of finding foods that you like, something particularly interesting for children who are bad eaters. If we limit ourselves to offering him the same dishes and he always rejects them, opening horizons and incorporating new foods and new flavors in his diet, he can get us to try his favorite dish.
- When they go to eat at the house of their grandparents or a friend, they will not feel overwhelmed in front of a plate of food that they do not know, since in their mentality it will be to try new dishes.
- In adulthood, the chances that you will be open to new dishes, even new culinary cultures, are great, and international cuisine tends to become more and more part of our daily lives.
And now comes the great challenge for parents: educate the palate of our children. How to do it? We can help ourselves with different motivations when it comes to enhancing the palate of our little ones:
- Walking with them through the fruit and vegetable aisle, telling them about those new ones that they don't know yet and encouraging them to try them. For example, mango is a fruit that is highly accepted by children, both in salty and sweet dishes, but it is rarely used in our diet, perhaps in the form of a sorbet it is the first step to incorporate it into the weekly basket.
- Establish a “surprise dish day”. In many families, there are routinely days when something specific is eaten, be it Sundays for paella with grandparents or Tuesdays for potato omelette. Why not include a day when you try new dishes?
- Investigating the different culinary culturess, for example, following the surprise dish, we can choose a culture and a country every month or every quarter, and look for a recipe with which we can taste what they eat in that culture.
- Varying the usual dishes to incorporate new flavors, For example, who said that meatballs are only made with beef? They are equally delicious with chicken, lamb and even fish, and in this way we innovate with a traditional dish.
Shall we get down to work?
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