When kids are introduced to solid food, it is tempting to give them just what Mummy and Daddy are eating but it is a wonderful opportunity to introduce them and us to a new food types, or new ways to enjoy wide range of vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat and other parts of a balanced diet as explained in an earlier blog post.
In an ideal world babies and toddlers their curiosity will let them try everything and anything however they may be cautious when trying new foods, so here are a food few hacks that will encourage their sense of adventure.
CHOP FOOD INTO BITE-SIZED AND FUN SHAPED PIECES
When getting them to eat things like broccoli, cauliflowers, peppers or any other vegetables, chop them into tiny bite-sized pieces so it’s easy for them to help themselves. You can also mix it up, and chop into sticks or slivers, or even curls.
Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of cucumbers and watermelons, or roll out teddy shaped flat bread and top with fun details using small chopped fruit and veg.
MIX UP THE COLOURS
Children are attracted by colours, and let’s face it, so are we! We eat with our eyes first, so use peppers, purple grapes, berries, watermelons, carrots, cheese, and leafy vegetables to add a dash of colour to a meal.
USE DIFFERENT PLATES FOR EATING
One of the easiest ways to make eating fun is to serve it up differently. You can serve it on plates, in bowls, in boxes, cups, glasses, and even ice trays, just to make it engaging for your child!
ADD DRINKS TO THE MEAL
Juice up fruits and vegetables smoothies so your child gets all the nutrients without even realising it. It’s also a lot more fun to eat something along with a drink! So if your child is having an omelette for breakfast, include a small smoothie on the side.