Let’s face it; trying to convince your little one to try their broccoli can often feel like an impossible negotiation with an unwilling diplomat. Don’t fret though – we have tips, tricks and a pinch of humor at your fingertips that can turn this battle of wills into a delicious adventure of culinary discovery!
Making Food Fun
Are your meal times getting monotonous? To add some creativity to their presentation, bring out those cookie cutters and start shaping sandwiches into stars or dinosaurs for your child to use at mealtime! Or host DIY pizza or taco nights where kids can create their own edible masterpiece. Remember – as long as this activity looks more like fun rather than a mandatory drill, half of your battle has already been won; who knows… You might just unleash their inner food artist!
Kitchen Time Is Bonding Time
Get your little helpers involved in the kitchen! Even simple tasks such as washing vegetables or stirring the mix will teach them about the process behind creating meals while simultaneously showing their pride at contributing. Plus it provides quality time together while you learn together – just watch out for an explosion of flour on your floor that may follow this adventure – after all it’s all part of making memories! Remember: A messy kitchen can only mean fun times are in full force.
Grow Your Own Food
There is something special and fascinating about watching seeds sprout and grow into vegetables you can cook and eat – it’s like Mother Nature putting on its own magic show, and kids adore it! Consider creating a kitchen garden, even if it means planting just a few pots of herbs on a windowsill, as this will teach your little one patience, responsibility and the sheer joy of harvesting what their green fingers have created – you might just find they gobble them up without fuss!
Let’s be honest – everyone enjoys some positive reinforcement! Rewarding children who eat their veggies or try new types of food can do wonders in changing their attitude towards eating. Rewards might include extra bedtime stories, stickers on their ‘Brave Taster’ chart or even Pillsbury soft baked cookies would all do nicely! Keep in mind the goal here is not bribery but incentivizing; also remember all foods should not be classified as good or bad; rather it should create an environment in which all foods fit, where balanced nutrition reigns supreme. Celebrate every small victory because in life every bite counts in food stories like our own grand food love stories!
Be a Role Model
Our children tend to imitate what they see around them, so be an excellent role model by becoming the culinary expert for your kids! Show them that healthy food doesn’t just consist of rabbit food but comes in all sorts of flavors and textures; be adventurous together as you explore new food trends together. Show them the joy of cooking, the delight of tasting a freshly-prepared dish and the satisfaction that comes from being full-bellied. Your relationship with food will have an enormous effect on their perspective of it. Be the foodie role model they need by enjoying vegetables and exploring various cuisines with gusto! As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Or in this instance: carrot doesn’t wander far from its salad!
Transformation from picky eater to food lover takes time, so embrace the journey and remember: the proof is in the eating!