Dealing with Fussy Eaters

9 ways to Deal With Fussy Eaters Now!

So your child has thrown their plate on the floor – why? Because the veggies are ‘icky’? Or perhaps they would prefer some chicken nuggets?

Getting your kids to eat new foods can often prove to be a challenge consisting of sneaky children, tantrums and messy tables. Here are some tips to make sure your child finishes their meal in no time:

  1. Serve foods they like alongside foods they don’t 
For example, if your child refuses to eat rice, but will eat apples, put a little bit of milk and honey in the rice, warm it up and slice some apples into the meal. Yes, it’s rice pudding!!

2. Don’t make a fuss at dinnertime 
Be relaxed and make it seem like a normal part of the day (which it is!). Otherwise your child may sense an opportunity to rebel.

  3. Eat regular family meals together
Children are impressionable. If they see everyone else eating their vegetables, so will they!

4. Have your kids cook meals with you 
Go shopping with them and ask what healthy foods they like to eat. Decide on recipes and get them involved in the meal preparation.

5. Have healthy snacks ready 
S
nacks lower your children’s appetite. If they’re going to have them, make sure they’re nutritious such as fruit, cucumber or carrot sticks, cheese or yogurt.

  6. Pay attention when they say they don’t like a certain food
It could be that they didn’t like how it was cooked or how it was presented. Don’t take it off the menu just yet. There may be a way around it.

7. Smaller portions 
If your child is presented with a piled plate of food at the beginning of their meal, they may get put off. Better for them to finish a smaller plate and give them more if they are still hungry.

8. Consider supplementation to support their diet
If you’re concerned that your child is not getting all their nutrients they need from their diet, giving them a vitamin supplement like ActiKid® will help cover most of their deficiencies.

9. Rewards 
Eventually children will learn that eating healthily is a reward in and of itself. But until they are older enough to understand this, there is nothing wrong with offering them a reward for finishing their meal. This could be a small number of sweets, a chocolate bar or their favourite drink. Or something entirely different like a toy or a magazine. Vary the sweet treats for health reasons and reduce their frequency as the child gets older.

We hope this helps, and that your bins will be emptier of food than ever before.

Good luck!

This article contains general information regarding health and well-being. This information is not intended as advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to advice from medical or educational professionals.

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