Following a daily eating schedule is a prerequisite for the healthy growth and development of a child of any age. Eating at certain intervals provides a rhythmic operation of the gastrointestinal tract.
A complete and balanced diet and optimal eating habits are vital for the child’s health and good eating habits. In turn, proper taste preferences are the key to healthy eating behavior in the future.
In order for a snack to be really healthy, there are a few rules to follow:
- A snack should not spoil the baby’s appetite, so you need to ensure that the baby has a snack no later than 1-2 hours before the main meal. If the baby is hungry less than an hour before lunch or dinner, it is better to postpone the main meal and feed the child earlier.
- A snack is not a substitute for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Snacks for babies should be healthy and easy to digest. You should not give sweets, pastries, and pies as a snack because they are high in calories and poor in vitamins and other nutrients.
- It is important to remember that a snack satisfies hunger for a time before the main meal.
Fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables must be a part of a child’s balanced daily diet. The vitamins and trace elements in their composition help the body grow and develop harmoniously. This is the most reasonable snack for the child. You can buy it in any store. Children can be given fruits and vegetables from the time they are ready for complementary feeding from 4-6 months. Exotic foods can provoke severe allergies, so that a snack will be suitable for seasonal fruit. The convenience of such a snack is that it does not need special temperature conditions for storage.
Milk and dairy products occupy a leading place in a child’s diet under 3 years old. They are an essential source of building material – protein and calcium for the child’s body, promoting healthy gut flora. At the age of 1.5 to 3 years, a child should receive 16-20 ounces of milk or dairy products daily. Yogurt with fruit would be a good snack.
Fruit and vegetable purees can be either a main dish or a snack. They are nourishing, healthy, and safe. Vegetable purees are introduced into the child’s diet from about 6 months. Fruit purees should not be given early so that the child does not get used to the sweet taste. Do not give multi-component baby purees if their components have not yet been introduced into the baby’s diet. Fruit pouches are convenient to take with you on long walks. Keep in mind that you will need cutlery for a snack with vegetable puree in a jar. For fruit and vegetable purees to benefit your child, they must be free of preservatives, sugar, dyes, flavors, and starches. Organic’s Best invariably offers its customers a wide range of the best organic baby food products of certified quality, both tasty and healthy snacks for your loved ones!