Monday, February 12, 2018

How to Get Your Kids Interested in Food

How to get your kids interested in food

Are your kids’ fussy eaters, or do they already have set ideas about certain foods? Perhaps your kids are afraid of vegetables, or maybe they will refuse to try new foods, meaning that you have to prepare the same meals day-in, day-out. Well, it’s time to make a change that will benefit your entire family, and see your kids become seriously interested in the food that they eat. Fussy kids will turn into fussy adults, so it's essential that you change their relationship with food now. Get your kids back in the kitchen, and the garden, remain calm, and you will soon start to see a difference that will be for the good of you all.

Back to basics

Do your kids think that all food comes out of a tin? Perhaps they’ve never been involved in sowing and growing vegetables, for that authentic garden to table experience? If your kids have no interest in food, then try taking it back to basics and get them involved in the entire food sourcing process. If you have space in your allotment or garden, then encourage your kids to grow their own produce. It will improve fussy eaters’ understanding of how long it takes for certain foods to grow, plus it may even get rid of their fears of fruit and vegetables at meal times also.

Isaak Digging Up Potatoes When He Was Younger

Be open

Your kids may suddenly decide that they don’t want to eat any animal products, or that they would prefer to be vegetarians, and that’s ok too. It’s important to be open and welcome any diet or lifestyle changes that your children want to trial. Remember that your kids are sure to have questions about particular foods too, so it’s important that you are prepared to answer them. Online resources including can provide you with the information and nutritional advice that you need. Remaining open and honest will ensure that your kids have a healthy relationship with diet and food.

Stay calm Your kids will pick up on your mood and stress levels at meal times. A stressed mom will mean cranky, short-tempered kids who aren’t happy sharing their table, or time, with you. So if you get upset and snap at your children if they won't even try your food, then bite your tongue. It’s time for you to grow up and change your attitude too if you want to see a difference in your family meal times. Remember, introducing any new food that your kids aren’t sure of, or haven’t tried, will take time. So remain patient and try not to fly off the handle if this doesn’t go down well during your first attempt. Make sure that meal times remain a positive and upbeat experience for the entire family to enjoy, rather than feeling like a chore or punishment.

Finally, keep calm, remain honest and open and take your kids back to basics to ensure that they are interested in food. Meal times shouldn’t feel like a chore!

Disclaimer: This is a guest post.


Theresa Mahoney said...

My kids are picky eaters, but they eat healthy and are picky about which fruits and veggies they like. Allison requires the fridge to be stocked with berries and cucumbers because that's her snack of choice. She's always had an interest in gardening and helping meal prep, so that's definitely great advice in getting kids interested in what they are eating.

Karren Haller said...

I have a grandson that will not eat vegetables or fruits that are green. Theres something with him about colors and his mom cannot figure out how he got the association. My kids love all fruits and vegetables except one daughter that did not like tomatoes.


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