Dealing with fussy eaters is a tough task and if there's a fussy eater in your family, you've got your work cut out for you. Your dining table becomes this battle ground in which you are simply force feeding your wailing child, no matter how old he or she is. If this picture defines your meal time, then you're definitely not alone. It is a widespread problem which affects a fair share of families with kids. But, help is at hand. Follow Health Me Up’s healthy suggestions and ideas to make a fussy eater eat all foods, and like them too.
Hide it to show it! Getting a fussy eater to munch on healthy green leafy vegetables, pulses and breads is a tall order. Try it the tricky way. Add pulses to your flour dough or puree them in a form that he/she won’t be able to detect when you serve them the healthy variety.
Lack the snack! The secret lies in not letting him/her see too many snacks on your kitchen shelf. This way he/she will be hungry by meal-time. However, apply the other rules here to concoct some healthy snacks for long afternoons and hyper evenings.
Try choosing his/her preferred variety. Initiate by providing your kid with his/her preferred items and then slowly introduce other foods alongside. Gradually, the newly introduced foods will make up his/her dish and you will end up having to serve him/her the favourite dish only once in a week. However, be cautious not to engulf him/her with big segments.
The chef way - let him/her cook! Let your bundle of joy give you a hand while you are cooking food for him/her. Let him/her assist you in taking things out of the refrigerator. This way he/she will learn what name each vegetable has, their colours and also their nutritional benefits. Let them play around with different patterns and foods in the kitchen.
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Encourage your kid in eating and finishing his/her food. Let him/her know how big a task he/she has achieved by eating up all the nutritious bits.
Bye bye idiot box! Teach your child to eat without watching television so that he/she doesn’t cling to that idiot box every time they are ready to eat. Engage everyone in a family conversation in order to keep meal-time fun and interesting.
Eat as a family! Eating as family will not only help in strengthening solidarity bonds among children, but will also encourage him/her to eat all food varieties, just like adults. Imitating is one thing all kids love to do, so cash on it by showing him/her how tasty and healthy pulses (or any other foods that he/she is fussy about) can be.
Organize a party for all the angels! Call all his/her friends at your place in the evening and sit and chat with them. Let them all indulge in nutritious and healthy food and let them all get acquainted with the idea that if his/her friend can eat it then he/she can too.
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