Can someone explain to me how hiding healthy foods in unhealthy foods is a good idea?
I personally do not feel that hiding healthy foods is good. It does not teach a child how to make healthy choices. To me its as if the mom is sacrificing long term health for today's convenience. I know its not easy to get kids to eat healthy all the time. But as type 1 diabeties runs in my hsubands family, I feel that it is exptreamly improtant for me to raise my children in a way that IF they were ever to be diagnosed with type 1, then they will not have to go through the shock of transforming their lives as my husband did.
I have seen thing "disguising" method recommended on here many times... personally I find it shocking every time I see questions like "my toddler won't eat healthy foods".
No kid has starved to death in front of a full plate of food. If they are offered healthy food, they will eat healthy food. If they know that whining, complaining, temper tantrums, and the like will result in different (and unhealthy) food, then that's what they'll do.
I find that the people who resort to this are typically attempting to change what they normally serve at home. My kids grew up eating veggies, whole grain and well balanced meals. They understand that a vegetable adorns every dinner plate and that a serving of fruit goes with breakfast. It's how they've been raised.
Answer by Dr.Donna at 4:25 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
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Answer by Anonymous at 4:20 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
We do use 'disguised foods BUT not because my kids won't eat them alone. It cuts the meat out of meat loaf it cuts the carbs in Mashed potatoes. It adds some nutritional value to Mac and cheese... The doesn't mean we don't serve veggies alone but it is healthier in general to mix some veggies, pureed or not into your regular meals. So disguiseing is not always a way to 'make' kids eat there veggies. Sometimes it is family health choice. I also agree kids should eat what they are offered. If they are offered a good variety of healthy food they will learn to eat them. This is way a polite no thank you bite is required of my kids for every item on their plate. Taste change all the time so I want them to be used to trying things over and over. I can't tell you how many no thank you bites have eventually turned into full servings.
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