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.


Exposure
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.

A Tasting
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”