Feeding The Fussiest Little Eaters

Monday, October 4, 2021 3:50 pm
Reading Time: 2 minutes
Research shows it takes 7 to 8 times to taste a food before a child is going to accept it and get used to it.
Sue Joy, Author of the Joyful Table, joined Mike to give us tips on how to feed the fussy little eaters in our family. As a little girl, Sue didn’t like to eat cold peas. So she would flick them into the handkerchief on her lap. At the end of the meal she would wrap the handkerchief up, tuck it under her arm and take it outside and empty the peas into the garden. So she is familiar with the mischief kids can get up to when they don’t want to eat something.
Kids who only eat white food such as bread, chips, nuggets lack fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C. They feed the good bacteria in our gut and can help us fight illnesses. Swap these foods for high fibre options. Incorporate it in their favourite meals.¬†Some kids struggle with food texture and don’t like chewing. Find textures they will accept or try different cooking methods. For example slow cooking food can make it softer allowing them to get used to the taste.¬† You can also hide healthy foods in smoothies or sauces. You can even put Peas in Smoothies!
Try not to ‘label’ food like Yummy Cookies” or “Healthy Broccoli”. When it comes to choosing, without even trying it, of course they’re going to go for the “Yummy” food! Sue’s Golden Rule: Every meal has at least one green food and one orange or red food.
Do you have a fussy eater in your family? Let us know by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!
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