You are in the midst of preparing a meal. As busy as you are, now might be a good time to deal with your challenging “picky eater!” learn more about parenting at http://www.janadaclark.com/should-a-parent-give-baby-a-cracker-when-they-fuss/
Often I hear: “I work hard to prepare healthy and tasty meals! But my child is so picky!”
Do you sometimes have this problem?
Research shows that children that are involved with meal preparation, in even the simplest way, are more likely to try new foods.
To boost the odds of getting picky eaters to eat, try having them “cook” with you. When it seems appropriate, involve your children. Even just tasting foods in a different environment can also help. Bring your children to the farmer’s market where new tastes and textures abound. Often the produce guy in your local grocery store is happy to provide samples for your child.
If you have the time and inclination to do so, how about giving your child the opportunity to contribute to a meal? One of the simplest food to help prepare is mashed potatoes! Even toddlers can join in the fun!
Here is a simple approach to a “cooking lesson” with Mommy or Daddy! Easy Tips for cooking with your child:
- Gather up all the ingredients you need for your special family recipe of Mashed Potatoes.
- Depending upon the age of your child, he/she could help you peel. If so, find a potato peeler that your child can use safely and have them help peel off the skin. Or you could decide to leave them on. A lot of the nutrients are in the potato skin.
- Rinse them together and have your child put them into a pan that is large enough to hold them covered with water.
- You place the pan on the stove and boil them. When done, drain the water and wait until they cool a bit and can be handled.
- When cooled, cut the boiled potatoes into pieces and place in a bowl. Now comes the fun! Do you want to let your child mash them by hand or use a mixer? Your choice!
- What you might want to do is do both. Let your child mash a few, add some butter and you have a yummy snack to eat right now.
- Or, if you feel comfortable, hold the mixer and let tot push the button after you’ve added the wet ingredients. It may get a bit messy, but oh, what fun!
- You may not decide to serve your actual “meal masterpiece” at the meal, but you can share with the family your fun time and that they “helped” with the meal.
If you decide to do this, please share. Would enjoy hearing how it goes!