If I could use only one word to describe kids at a dinner table, it would be PICKY. New texture’s, a bright colour or even an unfamiliar name can put the brakes on a tasty family meal. If you’re wishing your kids would venture outside of traditional “kid foods” like macaroni and cheese, you wouldn’t be the first. Imagine a world where they would order Brussel sprouts or Broccoli on their own, Sound’s unreal, I know, but there are some tricks you can try to start broadening their horizons.
You know the saying, if at first you don’t succeed…….
Daily exposure to disliked foods is key ( without pressuring). It can take 10 – 15 exposures to get a child to like a new food. Also, non-food rewards for a successful attempt can’t hurt.
Serving an entire dish featuring a new food and hoping for the best is ambitious to say the least. Sample plates for your kids to try before the meal starts is sometimes a winner. Knowing that tasting is technically optional and offering new foods when they’re hungry will set you up for a possible victory. Score – Mom 1 – Kids 0 😊
Explain what to expect
Fear of the unknown is reasonable, but you can help make the first bite a little less intimidating. When you offer a taste, explain what to expect in terms of texture, taste and smell. It can be helpful to compare the new food to something they’ve tasted before or a texture they’re familiar with (and like). Knowing when a crunch or a more slippery texture is coming makes a taste easier to say “yes” to.
Include them in the process
Inviting your kids to be a part of the shopping and cooking process is key. When you’re at the shops give them tasks such as allowing them to pick a new veg they are yet to try. Or, if you’re trying a new dish that may be a little outside of their comfort zones, invite them to help in the kitchen. When kids get involved in the cooking process, there’s a good chance they’ll become interested in trying the meal you’re making together.
When ordering Like A Chef, having your kids unpack the box when it arrives is a great way to get them involved. even if they’re too young to be helping cook. They could spend time matching the ingredients to the recipe cards, a perfect vessel for familiarizing themselves with the “foreign objects”