Demanding Toddler Tummies

Demanding Toddler Tummies

Each boy has wanted to eat more frequently than us adults.  For their busy parents giving their sons more sugar making it more an habitual rather than healthy diet was easy.

Make your own

Everywhere processed fruit, processed sugar and even in processed meat dishes. The word ‘ processed’ should be banned from any diet. Making my own mini meals for the boys is ideal. But playtime or cooking is a dilemma. Sometimes there is not enough time for both. So make playtime cooking time

Small tummies and nutrition 

Small children have small stomachs they cannot take in enough nutrition in a simple three meals a day regime. So have more mini meals ready and wait a while to hit the 3 meals a day routine. Some days they are more hungry than others. Stopping the battle to form a rigid routine was a life saver. Why should we get into battle with the boys when we did not need to. 

Food is needed every few hours up until the age of about two when the boys  were ready to reduce or vary the eating pattern. Listening to the boys is important…do they want mini meals or is it me? Had I taught them the ‘snack time’ shout or was this a real demand? 

The trick is not to introduce bad or empty nutrition. They will lay a foundation for a bad diet. 

Sugar risk

So much food has processed sugar on it or in it. There is no value in it but it is very moorish, in fact addictive. It has played a critical part in causing weight and health problems among our friends. 

Sugar alternative 

I made a sugar free cake for a birthday ( dates and old bananas in place of sugar)  and covered it with icing made from mushed avocado and cocoa powder plus a little olive oil to smooth it.  Once pushed through a icing decorator it looked lovely…even more so when all over the wee ones face, hands and hair!

Hidden sugars

We feed small children sweetened foods without knowing it. Flavoured yoghurts and milks are an example. Why is there maltodextrin which our bodies treat as sugar added to milk? Why are yoghurts sweetened? Why is cereal sugar ridden? Then there is sugar in processed foods like sausages, whether meat or vegetarian and in frozen pizza. Its never ending… ‘ find the sugar ‘ around a supermarket it is easy! A read of Davina McCaul in Davina’s Sugar Free cookery book was quite informative. 

Top Tips: Things to remember…

  • No child starts out with a sweet fetish. 
  • Companies want them to want their products. 
  • Addictive sweetness is the cheapest and easiest route to hook them. 
  • We should not be helping sugar addiction but challenging.  

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