FOOD FOR FUSSY LITTLE EATERS
Feeding children a nutritious meal that they will actually like, can sometimes be a battle. But it’s a battle that is worth winning! Today we share with you our mother's secrets on how you can get your children to eat everything you want them to. Try it - it works!
Make meal time a happy time
You need to be a good role model choose healthy foods, make the time to cook healthy foods don’t just give into letting them have what they want.
Make sure meal times are positive so your child can associate a happy feeling with eating healthy foods and mealtimes in general.
When meal times begin you need to be patient with your child, don’t rush them while they are eating as this can cause anxiety and again a negative attitude to food and meal times.
If your child rejects the food simply say I just need you to try it, be persistent with them but not pushy, once they taste it they will love it and keep going. In the beginning choose things your children will like then add other ingredients you want.
It may mean you will need to dedicate a bit of time to meal time and be persistent to getting your child to eat. My mother also suggested having the children help you to prepare the meal as children love trying what they have helped make.
Try not to bribe as it creates a negative attitude to healthy foods and meal times.
We eat with our eyes…
We eat with our eyes – and so do our children. Presenting food to them in a way that excites them is half of the battle won.
Mix up the way you present their food and find different ways to incorporate veggies into their meals. Mixing them into tasty meals as part of the dish is a great way to disguise them as well as adding extra flavour.
Don’t hold back on flavour!
Our children have a more sophisticated palate than we realise. Don’t be afraid to throw in garlic, herbs and sour ingredients like lemon and lime to your dishes. The hardest part is convincing them to take the first bite. Don’t give up! Stay strong and only offer your child what is on the table. Not offering an alternative gives children more incentive to try what is in front of them. Once they do, they’ll realise how great flavoursome food actually tastes!
Yia Yia’s Kitchen Secrets is packed full of wholesome and nutritious recipes even the fussiest little eater will enjoy.
Why don’t you try…
Yia Yia Spicy Lamb and Tomato with Chickpeas brings gourmet to the table that the kids will love. Beautifully Moroccan-spiced lamb with chickpeas paired with rice and a nice dollop of Greek yoghurt make this dish a crowd pleaser for young and old.
If you are looking for something more traditional, Yia Yia’s Chicken Lasagne puts a spin on the original. Using chicken mince in place of the traditional beef, and adding in some well-disguised extra veggies like spinach, corn and zucchini, there won’t be a full plate in sight.