how to get rid of my child's habit of demanding junk food like lays and cold drinks. how much money should be given to them for canteen. he is very much influenced by his friend circle and cousin for this.nutrition Corner
Restrict the intake of junk food try to minimum, for once a week/ fortnight. Don't keep any junk food in the house, so that the child is not tempted. Be firm in saying no, when child asks for junk food. Fix meal times for the child, that is with family meal timings. Don't let him eat in between. Give him healthy options, which should be what the family is eating. Try including his favourite healthy options for the meals. You can make snacks healthier by using whole grain flour, vegetables & fruits. Try & make regular food interesting like chapatti veggies as Kathi roll or vegetables, cheese/shredded chicken spread over roti with ketchup. Give variety your child in foods. You may give pizzas, burgers, pasta with lots of vegetables made at home only and on fixed days only. Try steaming, roasting & grilling method instead of frying snacks. It would take some time & patience, to make the child understand. The amount of money has to be decided by you only, which is justifiable to be given to a ten years old. It should not be influenced by his peer group or cousins. The children in this age can be convinced with proper reasoning and explanations.