Most if not all of the kids, especially toddlers are hard to feed. They are pretty choosy with their food and if their preferred food isn’t on the plate, they will not eat at all. This is the phase where the parents or guardians will need all the creativity they need in order to encourage their little ones to eat healthy meals for kids.
What one needs to remember is when you are going to prepare a meal for the kids, you need to be patient. They may not show their delight when broccoli and carrots are served, but with patience, they will eventually eat them.
Another technique is to encourage the kids to eat whatever is served at every single meal. Plan their meals as well as snacks. And since they grow quite quickly, they will eventually have to eat a lot more.
Kids are attracted to colors. And the more colors and textures there are in their meal, they are most likely attracted to it and will most likely eat it. Don’t be discouraged if your child won’t eat it right away. Sometimes they tend to not eat a meal if they are not familiar with it.
Let them choose one meal in a week. This will make them feel like they also have the chance to pick their favorite dish. Ask for their opinion on what to do with the chicken or fish. This will make them involved and they might even enjoy meal time.
Kids are curious individuals. You can take advantage of this by involving them in your cooking. Having them stir or add an ingredient, even making them wear an apron as well as a chef’s hat can be a good way to keep them interested in food.
When the whole family is on the table or when it’s meal time, be positive. Tell your child how much you appreciate their help and how you enjoyed cooking with them or even how delicious their food choice is. This way, you will witness your picky eater go through a life change.