TIPS FOR FUSSY EATERS
Take home tips for fussy eaters
Rather than simply insist your child eat a new food, try the following:
- Offer a new food only when your child is hungry and rested.
- Present only one new food at a time.
- Make it fun: present the food as a game, a play-filled experience. Or cut the food into unusual shapes.
- Serve new foods with favorite foods to increase acceptance.
- Eat the new food yourself; children love to imitate.
- Have your child help to prepare foods. Often they will be more willing to try something when they helped to make it.
- Limit beverages. Picky eaters often fill up on liquids instead.
- Limit snacks to two per day.
Tips for KIDS to help increase their fruit and vegetable intake:
- Grow your own produce (baby spinach, lettuce,carrots, cucumbers, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, apples)
- Get them involved in meal prep (refer below for some ideas)
- Try Fruit smoothies (add weet bix or oats, yoghurt, fresh fruit), fruit kebabs
- Try making Fruit/yoghurt ice blocks
- Try baking Fruit and or vege muffins, cakes and pikelets
- Rissoles with puree (rafferties) vegetables
- Offer sweet potato fries
- Add weet bix and banana to a banana and pear bread recipe
- Offer sultanas, mini apricots, apple rings, banana chips, dates next to their favourite cheese
- Add dried fruit to fruit muffins and other baked goods (refer to www.taste.com.au for ideas)
- Offer shredded apple and carrot as a snack next to cheese
- Try raisin toast
- Try fresh fruit jams (homemade)
- For afternoon tea when offering cucumbers, carrots and cherry tomatoes next to cheese and sit with them and enjoy the snack together
- offer $2 rewards – (consider between 4-5 stars before they have access to the wrapped gifts)