From Eight Years Old

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of veg­eta­bles, fruits, protein and whole­grains, it’s not likely that they’ll be miss­ing out on any im­por­tant vi­ta­mins and min­er­als.”

If you’re ready to have a lit­tle foodie in the house, this guide will give you some idea of when and how to get started.

From Two Years Old

Fer­mented foods: Susie says that foods like sauer­kraut, kim­chi, tem­peh, natto and miso help to “ground” a young child’s palate.

“Many stud­ies have been done on this – kids weaned on these foods have more ad­ven­tur­ous palates and are less likely to have den­tal is­sues. Plus, the bac­te­ria in fer­mented foods bal­ances their gut flora and im­proves di­ges­tion.” Try pan-fried tem­peh in a salad, miso soup with noo­dles, or a side of kim­chi with steamed rice and fish. Smoked sal­mon: Give them wild Alaskan sal­mon, which is safer and health­ier than the farmed va­ri­ety, says Dr Perch. Smoked sal­mon is good in sand­wiches or omelettes. Av­o­cado: You may have given this to your baby as one of his first foods. If he didn’t like it then, try to in­tro­duce it again now. It’s a source of healthy fats, which are es­sen­tial for brain de­vel­op­ment, and is packed with vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. Serve it mashed, cubed or sliced, on its own or as a sand­wich spread.

From Five Years Old

Raw seafood like sashimi and oys­ters: These are high-protein foods that con­tain good amounts of nu­tri­ents, in­clud­ing healthy fats. Just make sure they are su­per-fresh, to avoid food poi­son­ing and in­fec­tion. If your child can’t eat sashimi, of­fer him a sushi roll that also con­tains rice, sea­weed and veg­eta­bles. Spicy foods like chilli, curry, hot mus­tard and wasabi: Most young kids like spicy food, says Dr Perch. Let them try a lit­tle at a time and see how they take it. Of course, if they com­plain of stomach upsets af­ter, then they might be sen­si­tive to them. Century egg: This tra­di­tional pre­served egg has a strong odour that may make it un­ap­petis­ing, so in­tro­duce it in small por­tions. Beef carpac­cio or steak tartare: Again, be care­ful about food poi­son­ing and in­fec­tion, and make sure the raw meat is of good qual­ity and ex­tremely fresh. Crus­taceans: Teach your kids how to crack open their own crab or lob­ster, and they will have more fun eat­ing it. Some kids are al­ler­gic to these foods so watch out for ad­verse re­ac­tions, says Dr Perch. Cured meats like pro­sciutto and salami: Some of these meats are loaded with salt (and high in fat) so don’t let your kids eat them ev­ery day. Use them as top­pings on pizza or omelettes, or put a few slices in sand­wiches. Only buy good-qual­ity cured meats – they are worth the money as a lit­tle goes a long way. Tea: Cof­fee should not be given to kids be­cause of its high caf­feine con­tent, says Susie. But if your child likes green tea or iced tea, it’s okay to let him have it, pro­vided it’s not too of­ten and the drinks are not loaded with su­gar.

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