Healthy eating can and should be fun, especially if you want to explain it to children. We give you tips for your children to learn about new foods and for them to integrate your children’s kitchen into everyday life!
It’s never too early to start cooking for the kids.
It’s never too early to start educating children about healthy eating. If children are used to vegetables like cauliflower or broccoli, they often prefer to eat them. Therefore, nutritional education is possible. The result: a healthy banana is as appreciated as a good piece of chocolate.
Children can learn to eat healthy. To do this, they need good role models and frequent contact with healthy foods. If you want to explain nutrition to children, it is better to use emotional words like “food” and “delicious” instead of the rational terms “nutrition” and “healthy”. Apples, carrots and co. they are more likely to be eaten if they are creatively and lovingly prepared and served. Whether unloved foods are good for strong pirates or cunning foxes, they strike a chord with children. Get creative with humorous names, decorate dishes when cooking for the kids, and trick them out with vegetables. Then the important mix of nutrients is suitable for the little ones.
recipes for children
As soon as children are born, the question arises: what am I cooking today? Cooking healthy and varied meals for children is becoming a daily challenge. When it comes to cooking for kids, fast foods are the best. Because almost no child likes to wait a long time to eat. A pasta salad, for example, is quickly prepared and the meatballs are soon on the plate. It is not difficult to find healthy recipes to cook for children that are tasty at the same time. A point of reference for the composition of meals is the mixed plate. It also provides important guidance for infant nutrition based on the food pyramid.
Sweet but without sugar
When you cook for children, the little ones should enjoy it. Even if they crave sweets like pancakes with sugar, waffles or rice pudding, parents are responsible for preparing their children’s favorite food with as little sugar as possible and not letting children eat too many sugary foods. However, there should be no prohibitions, because what is prohibited usually becomes even more interesting. There are many cake and muffin recipes that use less sugar than expected. Sweet fruits like bananas or dried fruits like plums can also often significantly reduce the amount of sugar. Whether sugar or honey is used is ultimately a matter of taste. The healthy additives contained in honey represent only an insignificant proportion. In principle, honey is made up of water and sugar (mainly glucose and fructose) and does not allow cooking without sugar. In general, don’t use honey during the first year of life, and also avoid artificial sugar if possible. Our tip: try the banana pancakes or opt for the succulent alternative with vegetables. So your favorite dishes will not become boring!
You should be careful when cooking for children with food allergies. If there is a medical diagnosis, the respective foods should be drastically reduced or completely avoided, depending on the recommendation. This means, for example, gluten-free without grains, lactose-free without milk sugar or fructose-free without fructose from fruits and vegetables. Keep this in mind, even with your children’s friends who come to visit. A quick phone call to parents can ensure safety here.
Food for young and old
From the age of one year, children can eat at normal family meals. Some things parents may need to break down a bit. You should also avoid exotic and strong spices when cooking for children. Reserve a part of the plate and prepare the rest for the adults, so that no one has to make any sacrifices. Delicious recipes for the whole family can be, for example, fish sticks or cottage cheese quiche, for which everyone chooses their favorite filling.
Older children, around kindergarten age, can help cook. Cooking with children is also an excellent training ground for children’s motor skills, estimation, arithmetic and social interaction. Children like to imitate their parents: You are a role model for children’s eating habits. Avoid hectic snacks between meals and take the time to cook and share a meal. You can also use this opportunity to talk to school-aged children about their day.
If you’re currently more concerned with family planning, then read more about nutrition when planning to have children here. And for parents of young children, we’ve summarized helpful information for getting started with solid foods. Finally, a tip for a special birth gift: Make a dreamcatcher for the newborn, who always watches over her sleep!