Children today consume more calories than they did several years ago. And most of these calories come from sugary or salty fast foods that provide little nutrition. Vegetables and fruits, on the other hand, are packed with vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for your child’s growth. But let’s face it – when given the choice, very few kids will pass on fast food for an apple. Still, there are ways to get your kids to eat healthy and still look forward to mealtimes with Martino’s Kids couscous range. Our products are specially made for children, from 3 years old. The Couscous is like a small sponge, fast to prepare and easy to chew. Ideal for a healthy and light full meal.
Encouraging your kids to eat a nutritious, balanced diet early on is important for a number of reasons
Ensuring they get the right vitamins and minerals in their diet will help them grow and develop optimally. They are also more likely to be energised and motivated, supporting their ability to learn. Educating them on healthy eating during childhood will also help them make healthier choices as they become adults. And this is why the range of Martino Kids products was developed.
At Martino we are well aware of the challenges parents and minders face it comes to healthy eating for kids. From fussy eaters, cost of healthy food and convenience/time restraints – there are many factors that may be keeping you from ensuring your children receive the most nutritional meals possible. And while it may be overwhelming to come up with a varied menu when you’re pressed for time, Martino’s Kids couscous is a fast and healthy alternative to complex meals that take hours to prepare. It is easy to make and doesn’t take long to cook, making it an ideal food that covers all nutritional bases.
What does healthy eating mean for your child?
The term ‘healthy eating’ is very broad and encompasses a range of elements, including:
- enjoying a varied diet
- having a healthy relationship with food
- following a balanced meal plan
- encouraging appropriate portion sizes.
- enjoying a varied diet
All foods contain different nutrients, vitamins and minerals. In order to get all the nutrients they need, it is important for kids to have a varied diet, which consists of lots of different foods. Ideally, you need to aim for three balanced meals a day and up to two healthy snacks. Using different protein sources in each meal and different varieties of vegetables ensures children will get all the vitamins and minerals they need.
Instilling the right attitude towards food in children from an early age helps them develop a healthy relationship with food. This establishes a positive attitude to eating in the long-run. Try to teach them about food and nutrition (for example where their food comes from by talking about the wheat fields in Molise, which is the source for Martino’s Kids couscous) and get them cooking early on.
Getting the right amount of food groups in their diet promotes health and well-being. Following a balanced meal plan is a helpful starting point. This includes encouraging appropriate portion sizes. There is no need for adult-sized plates as this can encourage overeating. Avoid forcing your child to clear their plate if they are not hungry.
Every family is different and children will naturally differ in what they require nutritionally depending on age, weight and height. If you are concerned your child isn’t getting a fully rounded diet, you may try supplementing Martino’s Kids couscous with different fried, roasted and boiled vegetable as well as feta cheese, chickpeas, meat and fish. This will ensure your kids are getting all the nutrients they need.
Choosing MARTINO KIDS BIO INTEGRALE EN will give your children a source of carbohydrate within every meal. The whole grain variety provides more fibre and nutrients. They also provide slow energy release which will keep children fuller and more energised for longer. The 100% Organic whole durum wheat couscous will help keep your child’s energy levels consistent and their appetite satisfied!
How to help fussy eaters
If your child is a picky eater, it can be difficult to know how to keep their meals healthy, balanced and nutritious. One thing to bear in mind is that often they grow out of this phase. But until they do, Martino’s Kids couscous products are a good alternative to keep them interested and happy with what’s on their plate.
If your child is a fussy eater, getting them involved in the preparation process can help. Ask them to choose what goes into their menu and then let them help you cook it. Rewarding them when they try something new can also help to encourage them to be more adventurous. Martino’s Kids products are specially designed to cook fast and easy, making them ideal for this purpose.
Sometimes it is the amount of food that can be daunting. Children like to feel the food, so preparing snacks that are quite ‘hands on’ may encourage them further. Try experimenting with different vegetables and meat you add to their favourite Martino couscous meal to get them even more interested.
It is common for children to stick to what they know – if they like two types of food, it is likely they will ask for that every day. But don’t eliminate it completely, try to incorporate it with other foods in their meal.
We’d love to hear your tips on keeping your kids happy and eating healthy.