There is no doubt that children whose menus are prepared by their mothers are better fed, here are some healthy and simple ideas to invite those difficult diners to eat.
"There is only one mother" goes the saying. … And there are many ways to feed the child, reality says. However, when it is the mother who is in charge of choosing and preparing the children's dishes, in general the results are benefits for health and body weight.
Studies have confirmed that there is a significant and direct association between the nutritional status of children and whoever prepares the food for them. Thus, children whose menus are prepared by their mothers tend to be better fed and suffer less obesity, while their nutritional status tends to worsen when a person other than the mother is in charge of preparing the family menu.
The question of who prepares the food on a daily basis is very important, according to the study authors, and today the mother continues to be the family figure who best knows the nutritional needs of her children and the best prepared, in terms of food knowledge, for the preparation and maintenance of an optimal family diet.
The relationship of the child with the mother, and towards food are united with each other from the beginning -explains the psychologist Carmen Rojas-. Gratification is much more related to the object (the father and / or mother) that gives the food than to the food itself, since that object provides them with the feeling of security.
According to Rojas, what we eat, how we eat it and when is very important. All the environment and the preparation for this family reunion through food, as well as the attitude that is maintained during that meeting, will provide us with the bases to create the special bond that the meal ceremony brings us. Hence, we prepare these simple and delicious recipes to make life easier for mom.
“Building good eating habits, with patience and showing a healthy and positive attitude towards food is the first and most important factor. We must transmit these habits not only when we are eating, but also from the moment we choose and buy food in the supermarket, in the kitchen preparing food, at the table itself… ”, advises psychologist Carmen Rojas.
To prevent childhood overweight, it is advisable to offer children from 20 months of age a variety of small portions of different foods so that they can choose what they want to eat. Giving children freedom of choice has "a positive impact on the formation of healthy nutrition habits" and "protects them from future obesity or overweight," says Rojas.
Experts have found that children who feed themselves tend to eat more carbohydrates than those fed porridge, whose favorite foods are sweets. The results suggest that infants who are weaned to eat their own choices learn to regulate their food intake, leading to lower body mass index (BMI) and a preference for healthy foods such as carbohydrates.
REQUIREMENTS AND HABITS
• The children's diet must be complete and include the three main foods of the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner, foods from the three groups:
1) Cereals and tubers that provide energy to carry out daily physical, mental, intellectual and social activities.
2) Legumes and foods of animal origin that provide proteins to be able to grow and repair the tissues of the body.
3) Water, to help all the body's processes to be carried out properly and because it is an important part of our body.
• Natural foods obviously have greater quantity and quality in their nutrients, so junk food should not occupy the first place of consumption, although it facilitates the tasks of those who prepare the food.
• In our culture, the consumption of meat is exaggerated and cereals, vegetables and fruits are left aside, thus favoring obesity and many problems due to the lack of vitamins and minerals.
• To prevent infectious diseases, great care must be taken with the quality, freshness and way of preparing food. Washing hands before preparing and eating them is a habit that should be encouraged in children from a very young age.
• The infant's diet must cover the nutritional needs, more than willing to eat a lot. Each person has a different capacity to eat and the same amount should not be imposed on everyone, instead of benefiting, it causes many problems in family meals.
• It is important that children learn to eat everything and if there is something they do not like, try not to give it and look for a substitute food for the nutrients it contains. The important thing is the nutrients, not the type of food in particular.