With school in full swing, a common challenge among moms is the daily baon they need to prepare for their kids. While preventing their kids from getting tired of having the same snack may be one concern, a bigger problem is how moms could ensure that their kids get proper nutrition while away from home.
This problem becomes even more pressing when they see that their child may be going through a “Diet Shift”—the phase when the child’s eating behaviors change, with a tendency for them to prefer unhealthy food that do not contain the right nutrients for their proper growth and development.
To fight this, Chef Jackie Laudico and Aqiva Fortified milk brand ambassador knows that she needs to teach her children healthy eating habits. With her expertise as a chef, she uses exciting and creative techniques when preparing her children’s baon.
“I always explain to my children why some foods are unhealthy and why they shouldn’t eat them. When my kids are in school, I give them healthy snacks, but I allow them to get lunch from the school cafeteria. I think it’s good that they get exposed to a wide variety of food and cooking styles. I want them to learn to choose wisely on their own as part of growing up,” says Chef Jackie.
To help her fellow moms, Chef Jackie shares three important factors in food styling, to make healthy baon more appealing to kids:
Color. Red, brown and white look appealing to children, while feeding them with anything green in color may be a challenge. Make sure that you keep your meals colorful to make it visually appealing to them; and introduce different greens daily, as it may take up to 15 times of exposure for the child to become familiar with and accept new foods.
Texture. Kids usually describe their food according to their texture. To make it more interesting to your kids, play with different textures in one meal. You could do a mix of crunchy, chewy, crispy, soft, hard, firm. The list could go on and on. What’s important is to make it multi-sensorial for your kids.
Taste. Salty and sweet tasting foods are the top taste preferences among kids, thus their usual inclination towards chips and sweets. Healthy meals can still be savory by adding some flavoring to it. For example, instead of using potatoes for french fries, one can use kamote instead.
Chef Jackie knows that she will not be in full control of the food her kids take once they’re at school; so she talks to them about what they ate in school, discusses why these were or were not healthy, and educates them about making healthy eating choices. She also supplements their nutrition with fortified milk. “I give my children Aqiva so I’m assured that I get all the essential nutrients covered.” shared Chef Jackie.
The brand supports the advocacy of raising healthy children through healthy eating habits and proper nutrition. Its mission does not only stop in providing nutritional supplementation to children, but also extends to creating awareness and spreading information on teaching mothers how to help their child learn healthy eating habits, to fight the Diet Shift.