- Start with small changes.
Introduce one new food at a time; this will help with success.
- Be a role model.
It may not always seem like it, but our kids are closely watching what we do and building their model of appropriate behaviour based on our actions.
- Have regular, sit-down meals at predictable times.
Mealtimes give us more control over what kids are eating and encourage them to fill up on healthy food rather than less healthy snacks. Control the supply lines. Most of a kid’s diet comes from what is in the house. If there is little or no candy, pop and salty snacks, the kids obviously can’t eat them.
- Wrap it up.
Kids will eat just about anything in a flour tortilla wrap.
- Put it in a blender.
Take a medley of exotic fruits and put them in the blender with a cup of their favorite juice. This works best if some of the fruits were chopped and frozen in advance.
- Put in on a pizza.
Put the toppings under the sauce and cheese.
- Shred it.
Meatloaf can consist of more loaf than meat. Add shredded carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, and even mashed beans to the meatloaf and no one will be the wiser. We can also add any vegetable with low moisture content to turkey burgers, turkey loaf, and soups. Some vegetables and fruits that the kids would not normally eat can be added to breads and muffins as well.
- Make it all look the same.
Offer new fruits in cut up, bite-sized cubes on a party tray. Put toothpicks in the fruit and serve it with yogurt dip or ambrosia; serve veggies the same.
- Make soup.
- Freeze it.
Fruits can be blended then frozen for an after school snack or hot summer day popsicle.