Within infant nutrition, the consumption of meat is a controversial issue for many parents. Find out which options are the best and some tips for them to eat it.
From an early age, children should eat a varied diet rich in vitamins and minerals to ensure their physical and intellectual growth. Although meat is gradually being incorporated into their eating habits, there are certain meats that are better, like and are tenderer than others for the little ones in the house.
The amount and type of meat that children should eat depends on their age. From 18 months to 3 and a half years, approximately, it is advisable to consume about 50 grams of meat, while later 90 grams are necessary and it will increase as the years go by.
In any case, if the child finds it difficult to eat meat, he can take protein from other foods, although some meat in the diet is necessary.
The benefits of pork
A large quantity is not recommended, but it is one that children tend to like the most because of its tender and honeyed flavor. In this case, the meat offers a large amount of vitamins, as well as highly recommended minerals for growing ages, such as phosphorus or iron.
The pork is mixed with vegetables or legumes, or it can be battered and given in booklets to make it easier to eat.
The usual turkey for children
It is, without a doubt, one of the meats that is previously given to the little ones. Turkey is not difficult to chew, is tender and soft, and has less fat than other types of meats, so it is recommended after six months.
Type B vitamins are included in turkey, as in chicken, another of the foods that is on the list of favorites for children. The question is the way we cook ourselves, also breaded and with cheese, on the loin and on the grill…
Beef, the red ones
Necessary at all ages, although it is said that its consumption should decrease, in stages of energy expenditure, it is essential. This meat offers many minerals, such as iron, although it is higher in fat.
Veal meat can be difficult to chew and swallow for a large part of children, so its consumption should be taken from the first years to get used to its taste.
There are many tricks to cook red meat so that it is somewhat tenderer, it is a matter of mixing it, at the beginning, with ingredients and foods that the child does like a lot.
Less well known, but just as nutritious, there are other meats to incorporate into children’s diets. Rabbit meat is suitable for the little ones. It does not have as much flavor, but it is also tender and offers many beneficial properties for your body. For example, it is low in calories and cholesterol, and is enriched with sauces and chips, ideal for them. Eat horse meat? It is not something that may be attractive to children at first, but pony meat has less fat and calories.
Some tricks to get them to eat meat
When children are able to chew, meat can become a problem creating a ball in the mouth that never goes away. You have to be patient and do not leave the meat at the first change if we see that it cannot be swallowed.
Here are some tips for you:
- First, it is important to acquire quality meat, of the day, tender, in perfect condition and perhaps something finer, already cut for children.
- Grilled meat should be done as little as possible with a little oil. Otherwise it may be hard and inedible for the child.
- Breading solves many situations. You can make breaded fillets of turkey, veal, rabbit … and mix them with cheese and ham, egg, etc. the goal is to make it smoother when chewing.
- Meatballs and hamburgers. One of the best ways for children to eat meat is in the form of meatballs that are more tender and juicier, but we should not go too far because the children get used to it and then they are not able to have a steak.
- It is recommended to eat the meat the same day it is purchased, because it is fresh and tender.
- With sauces it tastes better. So they say, so although some children shy away from sauces, they always accompany the toughness of the meats, restoring finesse.
- Another idea is to mix the meat with the child’s favorite foods and shred it into small pieces. That is if there is no other way to make him eat meat, because in the long run these systems end up accustoming the child not to chew.