nutritionis the foundation for healthy development of both body and mind. Making sure that your child eats a balanced diet that includes fresh vegetables, fruits and proteins will help him or her grow to his or her best potential. Good nutrition and healthy weight has a positive effect on your child’s ability to learn, be active, and stay healthier.
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Q. My two year old is so picky—she will eat nothing! What do I do?
A. Try not to worry too much: If your child seems to be healthy and growing well, know that this behavior will change eventually. That said, picky eaters are often sensitive to taste, texture, smells, and even colors of foods, which is frustrating. Offer a wide variety of foods/textures at each meal, provide new foods frequently (some children need to be offered the same food more than a dozen times before eating it), and offer finger foods and healthy dips like yogurt or hummus. Involve her in preparing food—picky kids get comfortable with foods through helping with cooking, and may be more willing to try them. Don’t nag or force her to eat, which can make the picky behavior worse. And have faith: Eventually, your child’s food choices will expand.
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