Contributed by: NAPSA
(NAPSA) - Getting children to eat nutritious meals is often a challenge. But some children are just naturally more picky about what they eat. If your child is a picky eater, you may be surprised to learn this is a common problem.
According to a recent survey from Impulse Research, the majority of moms say their children are picky eaters (80 percent are picky or sometimes picky eaters). In addition, most moms consider it a challenge to get their child to eat a balanced diet, and less than half of moms think their child gets enough nutrients in their diet.
"Milking" Nutrition For All It's Worth
Jorj Morgan, author, food expert and lifestyle director of BlueSuit Mom.com, says introducing nutritious foods as early as possible can minimize picky - eating habits.
"Moms go to great lengths to get their kids to 'eat their veggies' and 'drink their milk,'" Morgan says. "But sneaking in added nutrients can be as simple as providing foods that offer kids a nutritional boost and great taste."
Data from Impulse Research suggests that less than half of children like drinking plain milk. Many moms agreed, with over half saying their children would drink more milk if it were flavored.
Yet flavoring milk is just one way to ensure kids are getting the nutrients they need for their growing bodies. Morgan offers moms these tips on sneaking nutrients into children's diets:
"Make It Fun" Kids Recipe Contest
Wouldn't it be cool to be rewarded for doing stuff you already do? Now, you can send in your favorite recipe using Hershey's Syrup and for a chance to win cool prizes. Whether it's over ice cream, in a sandwich or on top of your breakfast, your creation could win you an awesome prize, such as a savings bond, a video game system or other fun prizes.
There are six categories in which you can enter: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert and out - of - home (something you can take with you). For each category, there will be one grand prize winner and five first prize winners. Recipes will be judged on originality, appearance, ease of preparation, taste and creativity. The contest runs through Dec. 31, 2004. For more information on the contest and prizes or for an entry form, visit www.hersheyssyrup.com.
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