The year has begun and each of us has certainly focused on his good intentions for the months to come. The real difficulty? Keep them!
Yes, because, especially when it comes to children, habits change so quickly that it makes it really difficult for a mother or father to adapt to the situation. If then they concern the welfare and behavior of children at the table even more. We have collected 8 tips for you to try and establish one positive routine for the whole family.
Create a weekly menu
The real problem of the routine of work and family is to find time to dedicate itself to the table and so often we find ourselves at the last to put on fire the usual pot of water for a quick pasta. Creating a weekly menu and consequently stocking fruit and vegetables, and buying only what we really need for meals, already organized, of the week, saves money and avoids waste and jitters.
If you know that the menu for the next meal does not exactly contain your child's favorite dishes, do not be discouraged or forget about it. Come to terms with children, especially if they are older and therefore able to understand your proposal. For example? Offer in the same lunch a dish that they love very much, like Mickey Mouse Croccomagie of Pizzoli, combining them with ingredients that they appreciate less.
Do the shopping together with mom or dad
Do you think you have a baby in the supermarket that looks like a nightmare? Not even if this moment of sharing becomes an important habit to make the child understand the value of food and in general of the purchase. Involving children in spending is useful to choose together, of course with the guide of the adult, which products will be consumed during the week and encourage children to eat in a more varied and balanced.
A full of vitamins
Speaking of spending, do you know what the seasonal ingredients are? Always ask to buy fresh products, rich in vitamins, colorful and tasty (and even cheaper). For example, in the first months of the year, give priority to citrus fruit, for great sweet desserts, ideal for breakfast. And for a snack? Try the funny juices Santàl with Mickey and his friends, 100% of natural origin, with apricot, pear and peach flavors.
Go ahead to the imagination!
A simple greenish vegetable soup turns into a dinosaur soup, carrots and zucchini become nose and eyes of a hamburger, and so on. There are many ways to make children happy in the kitchen and ensure that they accept to eat even what they do not usually appreciate. Choosing products suitable for them then is essential, like the ravioli Squirrel-fresh pasta studied by the Marco Bianchi Foodmentor to taste Zucca & Carote or Pomodoro & Mozzarella in the version with Disney Frozen or with Spider-Man. To bring the magic to the table you can also try the fun pasta From the Costa, which incorporates Mickey Mouse, the Disney and Cars Princesses.
To each his role: the little ones can set and clear the table, the biggest ones cut vegetables or other ingredients, mum and dad are the chefs. Turning the kitchen into a game it also makes meals easier and lightens the loads of effort of the whole family.
Short but intense lunches
It is useless to pretend that children stay at table for a long time and, often, parents' requests turn into whims and moments of crisis. Better to have short, well-organized lunches and dinners, both on weekdays in the family and on weekends with friends and relatives. Let the children behave as such: it is right that the time of lunch is respected and shared, without however requiring an effort that goes against their nature.
Television at the table goes out
It should be a fixed rule, but it is not always possible to respect, for the weariness of all the members of the family and for the whims of the little ones: television at the table does not look. Focusing on a cartoon will not allow the child to share the meal time with parents and siblings, or even to understand and savor what's on his plate. Rather, treat yourself to a sham rule every now and then. For example? A pizza in front of a film on Sunday evening to regenerate all together before the start of the week.