Tips to encourage fussy eaters

Tips to encourage fussy eaters - Help is at hand!

If you have fussy eaters on your hands please don't despair! We have put together a helpful tip list that will hopefully support and gently encourage your children to broaden their tastes and try a wider range of healthy foods.

  • Remember that fussy stages are normal.

  • Involve your child in food buying and food preparation - many of the Cooking Good recipes are designed to do just that!

  • Make food fun - think about the presentation and colour.

  • Repeat offerings - evidence shows that it can take up to 15 times before children accept certain foods.

  • Serve small portions of new foods at the same time as foods they like.

  • Praise and encourage for giving new foods a try - try the Cooking Good sticker charts and see how many Eat the Rainbow fruit and vegetables you can try in a week!

  • Introduce your child to as many different foods as you can, as early as you can - remember though it is never too late!

  • Hide your frustrations and praise positively when they try new foods, however small.

  • Rewards can be motivational - make these non food related such as playing a favourite games after dinner or extra long bath time etc.

  • Make food interactive and fun- Cooking Good recipes are aimed at the whole family to join in with!

  • Learn where food comes from - Story books or a day out at the local farm really help excite children about food.

  • Be a good role model and eat the food you want your children to eat, together.

  • Sneak in veggies into recipes by cutting/grating small.

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