Getting kids to want to eat a variety of foods can sometimes be tricky.
This photo contains three of my biggest ”letter C” picky eater busters…
Children tend to gravitate toward food with color or colorful dishes. They instinctively know that the colorful stuff is good for them. They also just really like colorful things.
With compartments, the food doesn’t touch and tastes stay their own. Young children tend to have highly sensitive taste buds.
Example: If a child is expecting to eat a carrot, but that carrot tastes like a mushroom because the sauce meandered in to the carrot’s space, the child could frown.
Here is why! The child isn’t thinking “that is a weird carrot” they are thinking “That doesn’t taste right” and can refuse to eat it. The next time they see a carrot, they think of the mushroom taste and can be weeks/months/years before you get them eating a carrot again.
Obviously this is a really bad example, but you get the idea! Some times the best Picky Eater Buster is to figure out what they are being picky about. If tastes mixing together are a problem, try compartments.
Last but certainly not least, everything just tastes better with Cinnamon. It is also fun to let the kids have their own spice “Sprinklers” on the table to share. Gives them some power to create their perfect bite.
As for the food in this photo:
Carrots, Oyster Crackers, Avocado, Unsweetened Apple Sauce (with Cinnamon), Cucumbers, Mango & Stir-fried Mushrooms.
Such an odd combination, Yes! But my young lad gobbled up every last bit and asked for more.
Notice the variety! Veggies, carbs, fruits, good fats, good proteins and cinnamon (to help with digestion) all in one seating.
Even better, this whole dish took about 5 minutes to prepare by pulling out the foods from our adult meal and adding in a few favorites.
How easy is that?
**note too much cinnamon is a bad thing so use caution when letting the kids add their own.