As someone who has had a fussy eater from the get go, I know all too well how stressful – and sometimes downright ludicrous – getting a fussy eater to actually eat can be. Right from the early days I found myself road testing practically every strategy to get my daughter to eat – from dinner time puppet shows, to banging wildly on a wind chime in the garden just to sneak a mouthful in, and blending the life out of any vegetable I could get my hands on – plus a myriad of other crazy coo coo antics just to make sure she was eating something…ANYTHING! On most days, it made being in the Special Forces quite frankly look like a doddle (and probably quite appealing in comparison!).
Fussy eating through the early years
Fast forward through those painful toddler and preschooler days, although there has definitely been an improvement on the fussy eating front, we still experience more than our fair share of food prodding, turning up of the nose at and flat out denial of many foods, as I look on to other children who are quite happily filling their face with whatever happens to be on their plate. Sigh.
What on earth do they eat at school?
Yes, we are firmly part of the fussy eaters brigade, and now that my daughter has started Reception, the anxieties of wondering what and how much our children might or might not actually be eating at the fabled school lunch can seriously take hold if you let them (you just need to take a look at my class Whatsapp chat to see how much it plays on pretty much all the mums’ minds including mine!).
Did they eat anything apart from bread and chips?
Did they refuse everything with cheese on it?
Did they even sniff a vegetable?
Why do they always come out of school SO hungry as if they hadn’t eaten a crumb at lunch time?
Maybe it’s just because they put the food on their face instead of eating it….like this:
The fussy eating struggle is real
With these panicked thoughts in mind, having a child at school for the most part of the day now adds a whole other level of tricksy and paranoia, which is why I’ve teamed up with Haliborange – the range of children’s vitamins made by the UK’s leading supplements manufacturer Seven Seas – who recognise that it can be a challenge for parents to get children to eat a healthy and balanced diet – to share some of our tricks and strategies for making sure the little gets all the vitamins and minerals she needs for healthy growth and development, all of which contributes to her ability to get the most from her new found school life.
The good stuff
So do you know exactly what your child should be getting in terms of their daily diet? Let me kick things off by saying:
- The most important vitamins and minerals your children need are calcium, B12 and other B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E and iron.
- The UK Scientific Advisory Committee recommends a minimum of 2 portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily . Oily fish include sardines, herrings, mackerel and salmon (Eek oily fish! That is a tough one isn’t it?!). You can also buy Omega-3 rich eggs.
- The Department of Health recommends that all children aged 6 months to 5 years take a daily supplement containing vitamins AC & D and children age 1 and older take a daily dose of 10mcg of vitamin D to keep healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Children aged 5 and older should take a daily dose of 10mcg of vitamin D particularly in autumn and winter.
Thankfully, if you’re wondering how on earth your fussy eater could possibly fulfilling any of this, then Haliborange have a fab range of great tasting supplements (plus an awesome Mr Men & Little Miss range!) with a host of different combinations of essential vitamins and minerals to help support a child’s natural growth and development at every stage…taking some of the hard work out of things for you.
But over and above that, there are some genius things you can do to encourage your sproglets to explore food in a fun way which I’ll be sharing with you in my next post so stay tuned for more! In the meantime, it’s time to
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* This is a commissioned post in collaboration with Haliborange. Food supplements do not replace a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Vitamin A: helps support normal vision, Vitamin C: helps support the immune system, Vitamin D: essential for the normal growth and development of bones in children, Vitamin B12: contributes to normal energy release.
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