It is a difficult battle with kids when you have to deal with picky eaters. Trying to convince your kids that junk food is bad is more than a challenge. Most of us, mothers feel guilty about our children’s diet. We know how important it is to feed our kids healthy foods, but we are not sure how to do it. Melora Hardin, who is a dietitian, recommends the following food rules in family:
Make a schedule
Children need to eat every three to four hours: three meals, two snacks, and lots of fluids. If you plan for these, your child’s diet will be much more balanced and he’ll be less cranky, because he won’t be famished.
If thinking about a weekly menu is too daunting, start with two or three days at a time. A good dinner doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be balanced: whole-grain bread, rice, or pasta; a fruit or a vegetable; and a protein source like lean meat, cheese, or beans.
Bite your tongue
As hard as this may be, try not to comment on what or how much your kids are eating. Be as neutral as possible. Remember, you’ve done your job as a parent by serving balanced meals; your kids are responsible for eating them.
Introduce new foods slowly
Children are new-food-phobic by nature.
If your kids won’t eat vegetables, experiment with dips.
Make mornings count
Most families don’t eat enough fiber on a daily basis, and breakfast is an easy place to sneak it in. Look for high-fiber cereals for a quick fix.
Cut back on junk
Remember, you — not your kids — are in charge of the foods that enter the house. By having fewer junk foods around, you’ll force your children to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products.
Be a role model
If you’re constantly on a diet or have erratic eating habits, your children will grow up thinking that this sort of behavior is normal.
Get kids cooking
If your children become involved in choosing or preparing meals, they’ll be more interested in eating what they’ve created. Take them to the store, and let them choose produce for you, it’s fun and effective. So, if you have chosen to cook “Turkey Lettuce wraps”, make sure that you have bought together in the store the following ingredients
- 12 ounces ground turkey
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 8 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
- 3 scallions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- One 6-ounce can water chestnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or spicy mustard
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 8 to 12 large iceberg lettuce leaves, cleaned and dry
- Shredded carrots, for serving
Method of cooking
For the filling of the recipe Turkey lettuce wraps you will have to brown the turkey in the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the mushrooms, scallions, garlic and water chestnuts, and cook until the mushrooms soften. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar and vinegar, pour over the turkey mixture and cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
For the drizzling sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, mustard, Sriracha, sesame oil and 1/4 cup water.
Serve the turkey mixture with the lettuce leaves, drizzling sauce and vegetables for lettuce wrap assembly.