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Top Ten Tips for Feeding Fussy Eaters

14 Apr

I wouldn’t say T. is extremely fussy. He does eat a wide variety of foods, loves his fruit and will try new foods (even though 99% of the time the reaction is YUCK!). But, like many parents, we do have our challenges in trying to get him to eat the right things.

These are just a few ideas that I try to live by. They are just a guide as to what works in our house.

1. The most obvious – Cook with your child. Introduce them to new ingredients as you are cooking. Children are much more likely to eat something that they have helped prepare. Not to mention the self esteem boost that comes from watching others consume the foods they have cooked.

2. Make the most of every mouthful – ultimately you have the control over what goes into your (young) child’s mouth. Where you can, add grated veges to dinners, cook fruit muffins instead of chocolate ones, make savoury muffins for lunches and afternoon snacks.

3. Place small amounts of new foods on your child’s plate along with foods they are familiar with and enjoy. Encourage them to just taste the food. Try not to pressure them to eat the whole lot – a taste is a success!

4. Children need to be offered a new food at least 10 times before their palate begins to enjoy it so don’t give up. Keep offering them the foods and encouraging just a taste.

5. Give choices – offer a choice of 2 new foods so you child has some control over what they are eating eg a piece of broccoli and a piece of tomato on the plate – ask them which they would like to try and take the other away.

6. Use a reward system / star chart for trying new foods. Choose a reward that isn’t food related like going to the park or playing a favourite game.

7. Be a good role model and make healthy food choices yourself.

8. Eat meals together as a family so your children see you eating the same food as them.

9. Try offering foods in different ways eg shapes, pictures on the plate eg Grape and Cucumber Wands

10. Take the pressure off – both yourself and your child. Don’t make mealtimes a battleground.

Good Luck!

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‘Eat Your Greens’ Little Cakes

9 Aug

I recently bought a new cookbook called ‘Feeding Fussy Kids’ written by Antonia Kidman and Julie Maree Wood. There are a lot of great recipes in this book. What I love about it is that they talk about “making every mouthful count”. This is something that I really try and do with Thomas. Obviously he has sweets and treats and we don’t do it all the time but where I can I try to pack his foods with vegetables and fruits and err on the side of healthy rather than lots of processed foods high in sugar and salt. I try to cook lots of homemade meals and snacks so I know exactly what goes into them and I use lots of fresh ingredients. I know life is busy and often its a lot quicker and easier to grab some convenience food which is why I do use the freezer a lot.

When I saw these little cakes I thought they were fantastic and a must try. Thomas loves chocolate and cakes (who doesn’t!) and this afternoon when I asked him if he’d like to make some chocolate cupcakes he said “is it exciting Mummy?” – meaning he was excited :-). He stayed and helped me the whole time, measuring out ingredients and mixing. He is getting very good at cracking eggs now and barely needs my help (I just have to watch that the shell doesn’t go in).

These cakes have a cup and a half of green vegetables and have lots of fibre and no saturated fat, not to mention they are chocolate cupcakes… Win-win if you ask me!

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup oil

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup broccoli finely grated (finely chop the tops)

1/2 cup zucchini finely grated

1/2 cup white self raising flour

1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flour

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon low fat milk

Method:

Preheat oven to 190°. Line 18 patty pans with paper cases. (I only made 12)

Whisk the eggs, oil and sugar together in a large bowl.

Add the vegetables, flours, cocoa, baking powder and milk and mix well.

Spoon into the prepared times and bake for 15-20 minutes or until springy to a gentle touch. Lift out onto a wire rack and cool.

You can make a thin glaze with water, icing sugar and cocoa powder to put on the top or eat them plain.

Ok, so they sound a little bit interesting. They do actually taste quite nice. I can’t say I would crave them but you can’t really taste the vegetables in them and Thomas thought they were great. I would recommend putting the vegies in without the kids seeing though. Thomas did say to me “Tom not like zucchini” when I told him what was in the bowl :-).

Good luck. Would love to hear what you think about them…