Do you always have to tell your kid to finish their food and you end up having to throw half or some of it because they simply can’t finish it? Maybe it’s time that you try a different strategy. A win-win strategy where mom will be pleased that their kid finished their food and the kid is happy because mom is happy.
You don’t have to serve them fast food meals or unhealthy meals; you just have to be creative with how you present their food. Think of ways to can encourage them.
One way is to make the food attractive. If you are serving meat, cut it into different shapes or smaller shapes that will encourage them to eat it. Vegetables can also be cut into smaller pieces. Carrots for instance can be cut into basic shapes to attract the kids. If you keep their meals pint-sized and interesting, they will likely focus on their food and eventually finish what’s on their plate.
According to pediatricians, children who are picky with food only eat small portions of their food. Do not load up their plate because instead of encouraging them, you discouraged and overwhelmed them.
Here are some other ideas on how you can make snacks and fun meals for kids.
Sandwiches – Can be cut into small and different shapes like round, cube size or triangular. It may even help if you added lots of naturally colored food like tomato, pickles and lettuce.
Celery and Other Vegetables – If you want them to eat celery, since it is a very nutritious snack or meal, you can cut it into mini portions and with peanut butter dressing.
Chicken or Fish – Depending on how it is cooked, it would still be important to serve it in small portions. Make sure the fish won’t have the bones in them still. Add interesting shaped vegetables with either fish or chicken and you will surely get their attention.
Another way to encourage your child or children to eat is to buy them a plate and different cutlery sets if possible. If they are excited about their plate and unique cutlery set, they will most likely want to see it and use it.
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