For one reason or another, kids can be exceptionally fussy eaters. For parents, dealing with a fussy eater can be an absolute nightmare, especially when it comes to getting your little one to eat all the foods that are actually good for them, instead of simply snacking on unhealthy pre-made foods.
Dealing with a fussy eater can feel extremely difficult, as you just want them to get all of the nutrients that they need. The issue is that getting them to eat the food that you make can seem absolutely impossible.
The good news is that while fussy eaters can be hard to please, there are lots of tips and tricks that you can take advantage of to make life easier for everyone.
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Wondering what the steps are to getting your fussy eater to actually eat? Below is a guide to a few handy tricks to try!
Encourage them to cook with you
A great way to encourage fussy eaters to actually eat what you cook is to bring them into the cooking process. You will find that if your little ones have had a hand in making the food, they’re far more likely to actually eat it.
So, start by having one night a week where you and your little one cook together, giving them the opportunity to spend some time getting used to the ingredients and learning how meals are prepared.
To make this more fun, you can always use kid-friendly cooking tutorials that you can find online on Instagram and YouTube.
Make choosing meals fun
When it comes to encouraging your child to eat, the key is to allow them to choose meals that they would actually eat. This means asking them for ideas when it comes to meal times.
A good way to do this is to sit down with a recipe book or an online recipe forum and ask your child to select a few meals to try. Perhaps you could work on the basis of them trying one new meal each week, with each meal they like being added to your weekly food menu.
Recreate firm favourites
Another handy hack for encouraging fussy eaters to actually eat healthy foods is to try recreating some of their go-to foods or making new twists on their go-to meals. For instance, say there’s a certain takeaway dish they love, like a sinigang dish, then perhaps you could find a sinigang recipe to recreate the dish together at home?
There are lots of options for recreating their faovurite meals, it’s simply a case of taking the time to consider them. Whether their go-to meal is lasagna, pizza or chicken nuggets, think about ways that you can make your own variations of these dishes at home, with a healthy twist. You’d be amazed at how easy it can be to put your own twist on their favourite meals.
There you have it, a guide to how you can make mealtimes with a fussy eater easier and far more enjoyable for everyone.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.