Learning to acquire new tastes can be fun for your picky eater. Especially when you incorporate all the senses into mealtimes. This is vital when overcoming food aversions and is the core to the Baby Bite steps.
You eat with your eyes first. Food presentation affects kids’ eating habits. This should be no surprise as the best chefs know food presentation is vital for enjoyment. The same is true for kids.
Studies have shown how food is presented affects the food choices kids make. Of course, what kids find visually appealing is different from adults. So think like a kid.
Play With Food
Tactile experiences are vital when learning to appreciate different foods. Let you child help with meal preparation and other fun food activities. Think of ways your child can have fun with whole foods. There are lots of ideas and recipes for sugary junk foods. Stay away from these. Kids need no help when it comes to eating sugar.
Touching food is vital for learning to appreciate different foods. One method is to encourage your kids to assemble then eat food off toothpicks. They can make a toothpick sandwich or salad with all the traditional ingredients cut into smaller pieces and then nibbled off a toothpick.
Add Color & Texture
Incorporate several colors and textures in every meal. Studies have shown kids prefer colorful meals. Fruit and veggie cups made with celery, carrots and berries are colorful and beautiful. Every kid loves to dip food. Make your own healthy dips to avoid unwanted ingredients, especially sugar.
Some people make food into art. You don’t have to be artistic to make ants on a log, pancake faces, animal shaped sandwiches (add raisin eyes, banana or cheese slices for ears, nose, lettuce and sprouts for hair, etc.). Have your kids think of ways to make a caterpillar from veggies or a tree with zucchini leaves with a pretzel trunk. Make flower and butterfly shapes with fruit and veggies. Cut bread into heart-shaped sandwiches.
Positive Auditory Learning
Only positive words are allowed about food. You can undo the progress your child has made with whole foods when you allow your youngster to say negative things about food. They must not be allowed to say “That’s yucky” or “disgusting” or any other negative remark about food. When a negative remark is made, be sure to correct it and steer the conversation to the positive attributes of the food.
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