Catering for a fussy eater is challenging, especially if up until now you were only cooking for adults. As a parent, you want only the best for your child, and this means encouraging a love for healthy, wholesome foods. After all, the tastes that you introduce now, might just set the basis for all their future tastes.
Explore a few ways on how to sneak in that added nutrition for delicious mealtimes, without your child even noticing.
Negotiating and co-operating
Once your child reaches three years of age, they are already capable of co-operating, add that this to their constant questioning and thirst for learning and you have a recipe for success in the kitchen. Allow your child to help you prepare meals to encourage a love for healthy eating.
Cooking for your child: Idea’s and tips
Hide those vegetables: In her book, -Deceptively delicious , Jessica Seinfeld set the standard for sneaky nutrition. Advocating adding fruits and vegetables to all kinds of purees, she sneakily adds all kinds of nutritious elements to even the simplest meals. Incorporate some of these ideas and sneakily substitute more wholesome ingredients into everyday food items your child already enjoys. While you are at it — stock up on a few child friendly recipe books and add a whole range of kid friendly recipes to your mealtimes.
Make cooking a team activity: When your child reaches the age of three, they are more than capable of helping out with a few basic cooking chores. Not only do they enjoy helping out, but it also gives them a sense of accomplishment and ownership over the meal. Be sure to let everyone know that your child helped.
Inject some fun into every meal: Children adore faces and characters, especially if they get to eat them afterwards. Smiley faces, funny shapes and any other child-friendly details will make for a child friendly meal.
Cooking for a child between the ages of three and six can be quite a challenge, especially as they begin asserting their independence and getting a better idea of their own tastes. There’s no better time than now, to introduce a love for wholesome, healthy and fun mealtimes.