Increasing your children’s appetite can be tricky, especially if they find food unappealing or are struggling to eat. However, don't stress, there are ways to make them eat better. There are few suggestions for boosting a healthy appetite in your little one.
Offer water 30 minutes before mealtime. Children should have water first thing in the morning, even before milk. Also, they should have water half an hour before meals. These basics help a lot!
Offer small bites. Small bites of food build metabolism, which in turn, improves appetite. Offer smaller bites of food to your children if you think they have reduced appetite. Slowly, their want for food will increase. Also, you should continue offering small bites until they start eating on their own and decide on their bite-size themselves.
Play/exercise more. It's common knowledge that playing sports or exercising improves appetite. Don’t you think we forget this common idea when it comes to our children? If your child has a declining appetite, increase play time. You will see the hunger coming back!
Increase the intake of zinc. Zinc helps in building appetite. Wheat bran, cashew nuts, and pumpkin seeds are good for improving the level of zinc in the body. Try incorporating these into your child’s meals or snacks and check with your child’s doctor for zinc supplements as well.
Don’t skip dessert. Fruit-based desserts can help in building an appetite. They work towards digestion and boost metabolism. Fruit-based desserts attract children to finish their meals faster and the best appetite-boosting fruits are berries, grapes, and apples.
Offer fresh lime juice. When your child fusses over food and says that he/she is not hungry, give them sweetened fresh lime juice, instead of water. Lime improves digestion and appetite.