“Maybe it’s because that child has not been exposed to enough different flavors in the diet,” she suggests of picky eaters in the new videos.
As a twenty-year veteran of the food marketing industry, and from her perspective as the parent of two little boys with curious appetites, the author shares ideas in the videos such as the following:
* Mom and dad’s mealtime mind-set: Teach your kids to look forward to eating, to anticipate with pleasure the meal to come. Tell them how much they are going to love their food, as opposed to asking questions like “do you like that?”
* One meal wonders: For lunches and dinners, make one tasty meal for everyone to eat. This saves time and money while ensuring kids get the same flavorful, wholesome meal as adults.
* Enticing tots’ taste buds: Use new spices and ingredients to help develop your child’s palate. Working new flavors in to a familiar food – like capers in to canned tuna – is a good way to introduce an exciting taste.
Piho believes teaching kids about food, and everything that involves, broadens their horizons in so many ways.
“It becomes so much more than just about what they eat,” she says of her experience raising her own children. “Kids become more engaged in the world around them, interested in things outside of themselves, more curious and more adventuresome on many levels. It’s really a great gift to them.”
Jennifer McGuire, a registered dietitian with the National Fisheries Institute and a regular blo
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