my son is 4-1/2 year old but he is not a food lover. His favorites are chocolates, icecreams, french fries. He doesn't attempt to try new foods. He eats his regular meal but not on his own. please suggest how can I make him to try different dishes and how can encourage him to eat on his own.nutrition Corner
restrict the intake of junk food 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 interest\ing 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. Hope it helps.