Every parent of small children has a different experience of raising their kids – but the one thing that the majority of parents have in common is dealing with fussy eaters. Although as babies, children tend to eat pretty much anything that’s put in front of them, as they begin to get older, they start to become a lot pickier.
Sometimes refusing food before they’ve even tasted it. This can become frustrating for parents, and it’s easy for arguments and tantrums to occur. Here are some great ways to make food more fun for fussy eaters, which in turn will persuade them to eat better.
Make It Colorful
Bright, colorful foods are naturally more appealing to children and look a lot more attractive on a plate than beige and brown food. By focusing on making sure there is at least some color on your child’s plate, you can entice them to be more interested in the meal as a whole and to sit down and try what you are offering.
As a bonus, the more colorful foods tend to be the ones that are healthier and better for you all, so you can not only make sure your kid eats but that they eat the right kinds of food. If you want to take it a step further and make it more of a game, get your children to see who can be the first to eat a rainbow throughout the day!
What Are Their Hobbies?
Another great way to get your children more interested in food is to incorporate their hobbies into your meals. This might not work with everything, but it’s fun to try! If your children love geography and learning about other cultures, for example, you can give them food that represents that and pique their interest. If they love to read, find out where their favorite book is set, or discover meals within the book (Harry Potter, for example, had plenty of feasts!) and try to make something similar.
Make Up Crazy Names
If you change the name of a food to something ridiculous and funny, it’s much more likely that your child will want to try it. It works in restaurants on kids’ menus, doesn’t it? So why not at home too? Of course, it’s essential to teach your children the proper names of fruit and vegetables, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have silly names too.
Get Them Involved
If your children are involved in the food preparation, they are much more invested in the meal in general and are more likely to eat it. Preparing the food takes away any mystery of what’s in it – they know precisely – plus it gives the children a sense of pride that they made it, so they won’t want to waste it or run the risk of other people thinking it’s no good if they leave it! Just make sure they’re always supervised when they are cooking or using kitchen implements. Making something like air fryer garlic parm wings is great for children, as an air fryer is safer than a standard stove.
Present It Differently
It’s funny, but a change in the way you serve and present the food can make all the difference to whether your child will eat it or not. Instead of giving your child a whole or sliced apple, for example, why not cut it into chunks and present it as a kebab (you can put pineapple and strawberries, or other berries, on there too)? Or you can add a dip option to meals (easily made from scratch) instead of ketchup or gravy.