New to Bounty?
By Mandy Sacher
Eating the same thing every day on repeat is fine as long as it's healthy, right? Wrong. While having staple meals on high rotation is an easy habit to get into, it's important to make sure you're eating well-balanced meals loaded with a range of nutrient-dense foods.
It's too easy to miss out on important nutrients if you get stuck in a food rut – plus, if you get bored then you are more likely to slip into bad habits.
Many Sacher is a nutritionist and the author of Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook
If you find yourself sitting down to the same meals week on week, perhaps because you have a fussy eater or maybe because you're struggling for mealtime inspiration, then you're not alone. Many of the families I see in my clinic and at my workshops have found themselves in a dinnertime (and breakfast and lunchtime…) rut.
When it comes to fussy eaters, it can seem easier to stick with what they know – and even adults find comfort in familiar foods. The trouble is that just as our brains would get bored watching the same TV show over and over and over again, our bodies eventually tire of eating the same foods day in and day out.
If a child with an already limited range of foods eats the same thing daily, their food choices will eventually dwindle down so much that their diets become nutritionally lacking and can cause lethargy, poor concentration and nutritional deficiencies, which demand attention.
Children with limited diets are often low in iron, zinc and B12 and this can suppress the appetite and cause further fussiness due to lack of interest.
It's important to identify repetitive eating behaviours early on and use positive strategies to nip it in the bud before it becomes a bigger issue.
If your child loves pizza, try a cauliflower or sweet potato pizza base.
To learn more about Mandy Sacher please visit the Wholesome Child website.