The most important influence on toddlers’eating habits may well be what and how their mother eats, says researcher Mildred Horodynski from Michigan State University’s College of Nursing. Horodynski’s study of 400 women found that their children-aged one to three-were far less likely to consume vegetables and fruits if their mother avoided these essential foods. Plus, the study noted that when mothers viewed their kids as “picky eaters,” there was also a decrease in the consumption of fruits and veggies on the part of the children.
So, what’s a parent to do? Lead by example-and let Clean Eating help. Prepare your favorite recipes from this issue and have your little one front and center to help out in the kitchen washing produce with you (if they’re too young to get hands-on, they can always act as taste testers!).
Source: Clean Eating, April-May 2011
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