At KES we always encourage Clubs to try new foods with their kids. At times, there is resistance as they feel the kids just won’t eat something new. Many children are picky eaters, which can be frustrating when trying new foods in your Kids Eat Smart Club. Not wanting to try new foods is actually quite normal for children. They do not always like new tastes or textures but there are ways to encourage children to try new foods.
Here are some tips to allow kids to be more open to trying new foods:
- Be a role model. Try new foods with the kids at your KES Club.
- Be patient. If the kids refuse a food, try again later. It may take 10-15 times before they try it!
- At home, combine new foods with old favourites like adding a new vegetable to a spaghetti sauce.
- Make it fun. Try cutting food into fun shapes or presenting it in the shape of a happy face. Even teaching the kids something interesting about the food can help them warm up to new foods faster.
- Involve the kids. Have some of your KES Club participants help select and prepare new breakfast or snack foods.
Information sourced from: http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Toddlers/Tips-on-Feedy-Picky-Toddler.aspx
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.