So you’ve made it through the purees, through the introduction of solids and through the stages of there being more food on the floor than in your children’s mouths.
Now you want them to eat healthily without hiding the peas under the gem squash. How do you go about it?
Every child is different in terms of their taste preferences, but they learn so much from you so try to do the following:
- Enjoy your food. Let your children see you enjoying and tasting healthy foods in adequate proportions.
- Eat a variety of foods. Keep offering a little bit of a new type of food over and over again until they are willing to try it without any pressure from you.
- When you introduce a new food, include it with the rest of the meal.
- Spend a little time with them in the kitchen preparing healthy food so that they see that healthy meals can be fun, colourful and creative.
- Place fruit and other healthy snacks within easy reach, either on the bottom shelf of the fridge or on a low counter or table.
According to Ellyn Satter, “Parents do the what, when and where of feeding, children do the how much and whether of eating.” Head over to http://ellynsatterinstitute.org/ for some great tips on how to feed your children.
You can always pop into a KAUAI store for a regular sized smoothie or one of four kids meal options: a Tropical Island Toastie, a Pirate’s Chicken Toastie, a Captain’s Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla or a Treasure Cheese Toastie which all come with a regular juice.