How can I plan my child’s meal?
When fixing up your child’s meals, choose to include various fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, capsicums, zucchini, avocado, papaya and banana. Remember also to choose grain cereals such as oats or quinoa, which are not rice-based, when purchasing infant cereals.
Grind the oats to obtain a fine texture, then mix with either warm breast milk or formula milk to soften it. You can top it up with fruit puree and season with nutmeg for additional taste and nutrition! For yummy savoury oats, use ingredients such as egg, mushroom and spinach.
For snacks, consider soothing natural foods like cold bananas or cucumbers instead of commercial teething snacks. Alternatively, prepare delicious steamed apple puree or crunchy oven-baked apple slices. Expand their palates and enhance the snack flavour naturally by using spices like cinnamon. Steamed or baked sweet potato fries make a mouth-watering option for a nutritious snack too.
For drinks, serve plain water or give the child a freshly squeezed diluted fruit juice instead of commercial juices. Commercial juices contain traces of toxic heavy metals and added sugar content. Diluting the fresh juices helps ensure your child consume lesser sugar (including natural sugar) and more water. You can consider offering your child sliced fruits to gnaw on as whole fruits are more nutritious than juices.
In conclusion, there is no reason to be overly alarmed as heavy metals in food are not entirely avoidable. Reduce your child’s exposure by feeding in variety and moderation to lower the amount of toxic metals in your child’s diet for healthier growth!