Babies are usually prone to what food they eat. This is a difficulty for family women in shopping and cooking meals. In order to help your baby eat properly, there are a minority of foods which are acceptable for the children. Nevertheless, you can look into this problem patiently through a few following techniques.
The first thing to remember is that young children have a very strong sense of taste. By the time we are adults, we’ve lost quite a bit of this sense and it continues to slowly decline the older we get. The reason we have to keep that in mind is because some vegetables have a very strong flavor. Some of them can even cause a burning sensation to these little tongues and that will set up an aversion in a hurry.
The foods most likely to cause problems include crucifers, alliums, radishes and horseradish. Broccoli and cabbage are the two worst offenders in the cruciferous family, while onions, garlic and leeks provide problems in the alliums. The good news is that you can get around this problem with a little cooking.
Instead of serving broccoli by itself, make a broccoli casserole. It’s not a difficult process and the other flavors (especially the cheese) can counter the bite from the broccoli. Cole slaw is a good way to convince youngsters to eat cabbage, but if it is fresh from the garden, even that may not be enough.
When you go shopping, take your child or children with you. Let them help you pick the produce. When they have choices, it’s a lot easier to convince them to eat it. By doing this, you may be able to interest them in new foods, though this process should be extremely slow, only one “new” fruit or vegetable at a time.
Extend this process when you get home as well. Instead of just presenting your child with a plate, give them two choices of vegetable and another two choices of fruits. The child feels like he or she has some control and will be much more open to eating them.
Once they are old enough to follow simple instructions, have your child be “mommy’s (or daddy’s) helper.” They can wash vegetables and pat them dry, tear lettuce for a salad and so forth. This gives them pride and ownership. Let the rest of the family know which dishes your helper worked on, and make sure to let them know how tasty it is.
One thing that we developed with our children were a couple of rules. We had the “three bite rule” and the “one bite rule.” The three bites idea actually came from my father. He told us that the first bite may taste bad because of something else we had just tasted. The second time, the bad taste may or may not still be there. If, on the third bite, it still tastes bad, don’t eat any more of it. This worked really well with our girls.
The one bite rule came from my family to me. I love to experiment when I’m cooking, and they don’t always come out well. There is a (in)famous family story about the first time I tried to make pesto sauce. I will admit it came out bad. However, I did use basil. The reason I state that is because our younger daughter swears to this day that I used lawn clippings. I learned three things…we don’t like basil all that much and never mow the lawn the same day you’re going to try a new dish.
The most important thing I learned is this: It’s good to try new things, but not everyone is going to survive three bites, especially if they think it’s lawn clippings. This rule was applied whenever we introduced something that none of us had ever had before. We didn’t have the problem often, but it made the girls much more relaxed about dining.
I don’t know if these methods would have worked on Dennis the Menace, but they have worked for our family. By the time they were grown, they had tasted star fruit, cherimoya, jicama and many other things that were unusual to us. By the way, the star fruit was ok, cherimoya won’t be purchased again and jicama is fairly bland. If you have a picky eater, these tips may help resolve the problem.
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