Food

Never Force Your Child To Finish Their Food!


Some children don’t know how to say “I’m filled up” and it all starts from when they are sucklings. In a new study, from University College London, researchers found that as little as one extra spoonful of food at each meal could put your child at increased risk of obesity in later life. Meanwhile there are days when your baby eat more than usual, how then can you tell when and if he has had enough to eat?

Children Who Are Less Aware Of ‘Feeling Full’ Are More Likely To Overeat

The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, focused on children’s responsiveness to food cues. They looked at how sensitive children are to external food cues (e.g. seeing food), and how aware they are of internal cues (e.g. feelings of fullness). The researchers found that children who were less aware of feeling full were more likely to overeat.

And when the researchers analysed food diaries, kept by over 2,500 parents of children aged between four and eighteen months. Despite what you might expect, the researchers didn’t find unhealthy foods or excess snacking were to blame. In fact, they found that the heavier children were eating the same foods as their leaner counterparts.


The study suggests that parents need guidance on how often their kids should eat, the portion sizes, and they also need information and advice if their child is overeating.

What You Can Do About It

Encourage your child not to overeat by listening to his body, to do this, you need to trust your child’s body to tell him when he’s eaten enough, when he’s hungry and also trust him to be able to interpret these cues. Which means when your child says he’s okay, don’t force him to finish his meal.

1. Avoid Bribing Your Child To Eat Food

By talking your child into eating when he says he’s not hungry “Take two more spoonfuls, one more, this one has egg” or saying, “if you eat this I’ll give you that” in order to encourage them to eat, you risk overriding his natural instincts about food.

Also, you’re putting him at the risk of not being able to understand and listen to these cues. And if your child can’t know when his body is telling him he’s filled up overeating could become normal for your child.

2. Opt For A Child-Led Approach

As soon as your child is ready to start trying solid foods, let your child feed themselves from immediately you wean them, by spoon feeding them with pureed baby foods, it’s easy to overfeed them. Provide your baby with some healthy finger foods and allow him take control of how much he eats.

3. Avoid Using Food As A Treat

A new research from three universities in the United Kingdom found children who receive food as treats may learn to rely on food to regulate their emotions. It makes sense, if you always bribe your child with food to avoid tantrum, appease their anger or calm their emotions, your child may feel the need to eat every time they are going through emotional turmoil.

Continue to provide your child with a healthy, balanced diet, and allow him to take charge of just how much he eats.

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How to Make Healthy Home-Made Peanut Butter


Peanut is a delicious and nutritious nut that everyone can snack on. It can be eaten alone or use as a compliment to other foods.

In Nigeria, many people do different food combinations with groundnut. Some of which are garri (cassava flakes) and groundnut, garden egg and groundnut, boli ( smoked plantain) and groundnut, peanut butter for the bread. It is even used for cooking soup too.

Today, you will be learning how to make home-made peanut butter that is natural with no sugar, salt or preservatives.


Ingredients

  • Raw or already roasted Groundnuts (of your desired quantity)
  • Garri
  • Salt

Method ( Roasting)

You should follow this procedure if you starting to make your peanut from the scratch

  • Pick stones from the raw groundnuts and soak in hot water until the water changes colour
  • Drain the water out, sprinkle a little salt and spread it on a tray out in the sun or oven. Dry until the wetness disappears. Roast in a pot or a pan
  • To make roast the groundnuts, preheat the pan by placing it on fire for a few minute before sprinkling the garri instead of sand in it.
  • Add your groundnut and stir on 5-minute interval so that it would roast evenly
  • Let it roast until you are satisfied till you get the level of brownness you want.
  • Remove it from pan and place in a colander or sieve for it to cool
  • After some minutes, you can taste it to enjoy your crunchy peanut

Oven

  • After the destoning, selection, soaking and salting of the peanuts which has been explained in details above.
  • You need to preheat your oven to about 350 degrees
  • Pour the already salted groundnut into your oven pan
  • Stir on a five minutes interval and let it roast for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Allow it cool for some minutes and store in an airtight container to help it remain crunchy.

Peanut Butter

After your roasted peanut is ready before it gets to room temperature, pour it into a clean cloth and dehusk by rubbing the clothes together. The crispier it is the easier it would be when grinding

  • Blow out the husk and place the groundnut into your food processor or mixer.
  • You can add other things like salt, sugar and pepper powder (this is optional).
  •  Do not fill the mixer jar to the brim with your peanuts.
  •  First, pulse it, then increase the speed of your food processor or mixer to make it into a smooth paste
  • When it cools, store in a plastic or glass airtight containers
  • Peanut butter can be stored for 2-4 weeks in a refrigerator and up to 6 months in a freezer.
  • Ensure that you stir the peanut butter thoroughly before every use.
  • Peanut is good for everyone (as long as you do not have allergies). It can be used as a weaning food for babies and a perfect accompaniment for finger foods, spread and cereals.

Note: If you are using a store-bought roasted peanut, you can toast and stir in a pan for about 5 minutes. Then pour it into the food processor for a good wipe into peanut butter.

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