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Educating Children's Tastebuds

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Educating Children’s Tastebuds





Educating children about the right way to eat needs to occur at a young age. All children need guidance especially when it comes to eating processed foods, sugary foods and those marketers who target our children with junk food.  To assist with this process I have provided 10 simple ideas that will point your child into the right direction when it comes to eating healthy foods.

  • Don’t fill your children up with fluids prior to them eating their meal. Drinking fluids reduces the space they have available in their stomach.

  • Reduce the portions you provide your child as to much food on their plate can be off-putting. Children have small stomachs and will enjoy the process of eating healthy foods when they are not overwhelmed with the quantities presented to them on their plate.

  • Cut vegetables into small pieces or grate them into a sauce or mixture to begin with. This way you are hiding the vegetables into their meal. Once your child begins to like the taste you can then use the vegetables as a feature on the plate.

  • It is important that you keep on offering new foods to your child. They need to be exposed to new foods at least ten times before they become familiar with them.

  • Set a good example by eating a balanced diet yourself. You’re eating habits will have a huge impact and influence on what your child considers normal. Eating together at the table as a family re-enforces the importance of good eating.

  • Children thrive on routine.  It is important that your meals occur at similar times during the day and try to eat meals without the distraction of TV or mobile devices.

  • When you find new food that the child likes, repeat it often in the first few weeks so they get used to it.

  • Encourage healthy eating by giving your child fruit and wholemeal snacks instead of biscuits, chips and processed foods.

  • Teach your child the difference between food that should only be eaten occasionally as treats and foods that are eaten on a daily basis.

  • Watch out for your child’s exposure to television. Be particularly vigilant with advertisements aimed at getting children to buy fast foods, often with the additional lure of toys and games.

  • Talk about the food you are eating and get them involved in any stages that are practical. Stages include growing, shopping, preparing, cooking, cleaning up and even composting.
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