NEW DELHI: If your little ones are fussing over healthy eating, try emphasising on the colour of foods and involve them in food selection and preparation to catch their interest, says an expert.
1. Emphasise on colour
Children love all things bright and colourful, even when it is food. Not only are colourful things more appealing to children, they are also better for them. Naturally colourful fruits and vegetables can help your child’s body get a wide variety of nutrients that he needs to grow strong and healthy.
2. Present food in shapes
To feed picky eaters, there is no way better than presenting fancy-shaped foods to them. Using mini cookie cutters and cutting their vegetables, fruit and even cheese into stars and other shapes can really enliven their plate and boost their appetite.
3. Use fun names
Giving fun names to any food can make it easy to attract children and build their interest in it. It can instantly change the attitude about a new food item. For example, you can start calling cauliflower or broccoli ‘baby trees’ or peas as ‘green marbles’.
4. Serve it differently
Presentation can make a huge difference in eating habits and doesn’t take much extra time. For instance, instead of slicing fruits, make fruit kebabs with a chocolate dip or make fruit balls and stuff it inside the rind of empty hard shells of fruits.
5. Involve them in food selection and preparation
Grown-ups avoid taking their young ones for grocery shopping and involving them in the food preparation process at times, but they are both important ways to teach them about making good food choices. This gives children an opportunity to see the process of preparing food in a healthier way and spend time with their parents which is something they cherish.