MARIAN Rivera is no stranger to picky eaters, having experienced it with daughter Zia. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/MARIANRIVERA
Raising toddlers is not easy, especially when it comes to making them eat the right food.
Picky eating is a common challenge for parents, especially when their children are in the toddlerhood stage when they tend to like only certain tastes.
Kapuso star and mother of two Marian Rivera is no stranger to picky eaters, having experienced it with daughter Zia.
“Hindi naman kasi lahat ng bata, lahat gusto. Dumadaan talaga sila sa pagka-pamili. The struggle is real (Not all kids can like everything. They really go through the picky phase. It is a real struggle),” Marian said during NIDO 3+ ExperTips Congress held on 15 May. Also in attendance were fellow celebrity moms Iya Villania, Say Alonzo, Ciara Sotto and Regine Leano.
Whenever she found it difficult to make Zia eat, Marian would put creative “twists” to healthy dishes, such as adding her daughter’s favorite ingredients into the mix.
“May mga panahon na titiyagain mo talaga para makakain siya (There are times when you really have to be patient just so she can eat),” Marian said.
TV host and Kapuso star Iya Villania had the same experience with Primo.
At first, it was easy making her three kids eat since they take just about anything, Iya said.
However, she added, “Aabot kasi sa edad na may ‘malay’ na sila tapos sila na ang biglang pipili ng gusto nila (But they will reach a certain age that they’ll know what they want and choose what they want).”
Children can overcome picky eating, Marian said, with the help and support of their parents. “Kasi kapag hindi kumain, kawawa naman. Kaya gagawin mo talaga lahat ng paraan para makakain siya nang tama, yung may nutrisyon na makukuha (Because if they don’t eat, they suffer. So you’ll do everything so that they would eat well and get all the right nutrients).”
IYA Villania is strategic in feeding her children. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/MARIANRIVERA
Dr. Edward Martin Santos, assistant professor, active consultant staff of Pediatrics at the UERM College of Medicine and medical specialist at Batanes General Hospital, attested that there is nutrition deficiency among Filipino children.
With the findings come solutions provided by nutritionists and pediatricians Dr. Katrina Valera and Ditas Sagarbarria who gave tips on how to overcome and deal with picky eating among children.
The highest intake of Filipino children is unhealthy carbohydrates and sugar. “Data shows that we really have to double our efforts to solve these nutritional problems besetting our country today,” he added.
With the findings come solutions provided by nutritionists and pediatricians Dr. Katrina Valera and Ditas Sagarbarria with tips on how to overcome and deal with picky eating among children.
In these unprecedented times, parents have to make sure that their kids receive the best care and attention, especially with their food intake. The classic advice of one glass to two glasses of milk a day still holds true, and what better milk to provide your kids’ daily nutrition than NIDO?
In another survey, findings show that only 36 percent of children aged three to five drink milk. The reasons they don’t are taste, intolerance and lifestyle. However, not all milk brands are the same. NIDO has no added table sugar and is rich in nutrients such as Lactobacillus Protectus, DHA, Prebio3, iron, zinc and other essential vitamins and minerals.
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