Do you have a fussy eater? Do you have problems feeding vegetables to your child? I do, it’s a nightmare.
I don’t understand what happened when she was a baby she always had a good appetite. Food introduction was so easy, a dream! She was always hungry for more, whatever you’d give her. I used to make veggie soup and I remember her licking her lips and smiling asking for more. I wish was still like that.
Nowadays I have to beg her to try anything new if its vegetables there’s no chance she’ll try it. Even though I dislike the idea, at home I do hide vegetables in her food, as long as she doesn’t find them it is fine. She does eat a few at childcare because apparently fussy eaters usually eat better around their peers.
Then just by chance, I found a way of making my fussy eater eat a better variety of food.
All started because I wanted to cook and as a very attached toddler, she doesn’t allow me to do anything, so if I am in the kitchen she needs to be there with me. Then I thought, well the only way I can cook something is if I keep her busy helping me. She chops mushrooms, she peels carrots (well, she tries, it’s very cute), she mixes cakes, and her favourite is making pizza. To my surprise, every time that she helps me she eats better, I can see she feels proud, and she also likes to know what’s in her food. So I like to keep her involved the maximum I can. Just recently it came to my knowledge that fussy eating isn’t about food – it’s often about children wanting to be independent.
I still have problems with greens, she doesn’t even touch it, try to give her a broccoli, I have to laugh at that thought. She loves banana smoothie, so we began making it in the morning. At first, we mixed bananas, berries and coconut water, then we started adding some leafs (kale and spinach). When we first started she couldn’t see us preparing it, otherwise, she wouldn’t drink it, now she knows what goes into it and she loves it anyway.
Yes, it can get a bit messy, but inviting your child into the kitchen helps them building a good relationship with food and increases the chances of them eating healthier. Along with that, there are other benefits like building their self-confidence, the use of Imagination, and improving math and science skills.
I know it’s impossible to have a little helper every time, but I bet if you try you’ll be surprised.