About to complete one year of life, your child is ready to eat the same foods as the family – given, of course, that the food is available in small pieces to avoid any choking and contains the adequate nutrients for a child.
It’s fundamental to separate the foods on the child’s plate so they can learn to recognize each flavor individually and become interested in the colorful scheme of the plate. An attitude to be avoided is making repetitive meals or repeating them for more than two days. If you have any questions about the amount and types of foods, know that health experts recommend you measure proportions with one spoonful of 3:1:1:1, with suggestions of variations. This is how it works:
3 spoonfuls of cereals, tubers or roots: beans, soy, lentils, peas, chickpeas.
1 spoonful of animal protein: red meat, pork, chicken, fish, eggs.
1 spoonful of vegetables: legumes (carrots, chayote, beets, pumpkin, string beans) and leafy greens (spinach, watercress, lettuce, Swiss chard, chicory).
An interesting way to incentivize your child to try new flavors is to surround them with other kids of the same age group when it’s time to eat. Oh, and don’t forget to properly clean the child’s mouth after each meal.