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7 Tips to support Picky Eaters

Having my own selective munchers, these are a few tips I learnt along the way to support them with their eating journey

There are several ways to support children to eat better:

  1. Set a good example: Children learn by observing their parents and caregivers. If they see you eating a variety of healthy foods, they are more likely to try them themselves.

  2. Make healthy food fun: Make healthy food appealing by presenting it in a fun way, such as using colourful plates or cutting fruits and vegetables into fun shapes.

  3. Involve children in meal planning and preparation: Children are more likely to eat healthy foods if they have a say in what is being served. Involve them in meal planning and preparation by asking for their input and letting them help with tasks such as washing vegetables or setting the table.

  4. Offer a variety of healthy options: Offer a variety of healthy options, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products. Try to limit processed foods and sugary drinks.

  5. Avoid using food as a reward or punishment: Avoid using food as a reward or punishment, as this can lead to unhealthy attitudes towards food.

  6. Be patient: It can take time for children to develop a taste for healthy foods. Be patient and continue to offer a variety of healthy options, even if they are initially met with resistance.

  7. Encourage regular mealtimes: Encourage regular mealtimes and try to make them a positive and relaxed experience. Avoid distractions such as television or phones during mealtime, as this can interfere with a child's ability to focus on their food and develop healthy eating habits.

For more tips in making meal times more enjoyable ask me about my All Kids Can Eat course


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