How to Expose Your Kids to a Wide Range of Foods When They’re Young
By Anita Ginsburg
As a parent, you probably want to make sure that your kids have a healthy diet no matter how old they are. Unfortunately, many parents struggle with getting their kids to eat more than a few different types of food. You can keep this from happening by exposing your kids to a wide variety of foods when they are young. Here’s how to do it right the first time.
Have Them Help You in the Kitchen
Most kids love to help in the kitchen even if they are very young. If your child is old enough to sit up on their own, then they can help in some way. They can stir, rinse, or add ingredients to recipes. By having them help in the kitchen, your child will be more inclined to eat what they are creating.
Take Them to a Caribbean Restaurant
There are all sorts of delicious and unique items at Caribbean restaurants that even young children will enjoy, and you should take your child to eat at one often. Encourage your child to try a new dish each time they go to a Caribbean restaurant. This will allow them to experience a wide range of foods that they normally wouldn’t try.
Eat a Variety of Foods Yourself
You can’t expect your children to be adventurous eaters if you aren’t one yourself. This is why you need to eat a variety of foods as well. This will allow you to set a good example by showing your children that eating a wide range of foods is enjoyable. Don’t be surprised if your child wants to try whatever it is that you are eating.
Make It Fun
You can encourage your kids to eat a wide range of foods if you make it fun. Cut up foods into different shapes. Give them foods that are vibrant colors. Let them use their hands to eat so that they can explore the different textures of new foods. By doing all of these things, your child will look forward to trying new foods at each meal.
There are all sorts of things that you can do in order to expose your kids to a wide range of foods when they are young. By utilizing the strategies mentioned above, you can help your child develop a love for a lot of different foods that will be beneficial to them for years to come.
More About the Author
Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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