Managing fussy eating .
I would have to say this is the most common problem I see parents facing with their kids nutrition, and it does cause some genuine stress for those with kids who only eat bread, or white food.
Here are some top easy and effective strategies to help.. • Eat together as a family at least 3 times per week (or more if possible). Studies have shown at least three meals together as a family has a positive influence on kids healthy eating habits. This doesn’t have to be dinner either, it could be 2 dinners, a lunch and a few breakfasts.
Another interesting note to consider is that kids will usually model after their same sex parent, so it’s important for all parents/care givers to be the example for the kiddies. • Involve kids in the food and meal prep. Again studies have shown kids who are a part of the food prep will have healthy food habits for life! This might be having them choose the dinner and helping you shop/cook it. Or maybe have them pick some veggies and herbs from the garden, encouraging them to taste food straight from the plant.
This is especially good during the toddler years, as little ones LOVE helping so give them something to do in the kitchen. • Take all the pressure off. When meal time becomes a stress the last thing a little one will do is venture outside their comfort food zone. Remember ‘parents offer, children choose.’ Meaning you offer healthy option A or healthy option B, and they get the empowerment to choose what and how much they eat. • Stay pleasantly persistent. Keep offering previously rejected food, but offer it by it just being in the plate (you can always offer it alongside a favourite food too.) A discussion is not always needed. If they eat it, cool. If not, cool. Remembering that it can take over 15 exposures before a food is accepted.
The other night our weekly pizza tradition paid off, Ky are all his sliced tomato on the pizza, plus some fresh basil! #win