We can’t make our children eat. It’s our job to offer them healthy and wholesome food, but it’s up to them whether they eat it or not. Getting kids genuinely excited about trying new vegetables doesn’t have to happen at the meal table. If we move food education away from the table, and expose them to a colourful and exciting world of veggies in a positive and calm environment, it takes all of the pressure away from our little ones (and the stress from us).
Children are only just starting to learn about their little worlds, and are constantly bombarded with new experiences and sensory information. Can you imagine how even the simple act of eating can get terribly overwhelming for them at times?
Here are a few simple ideas to get the family eating more leafy greens.
Because sometimes it's just a bowl of pasta. We see a lot of great ideas for kid-friendly meals on social media, but often parents don't always have the time to whip up these amazing creations. This can be leave us feeling guilty. Please don't! The priority should be that the food is real, so that …
Pancakes are so quick to make, so they don't need to be saved for weekends. Whip these up in minutes
"I wanted to share Logan's story because I think it is a unique one. I think having such a list at such a young age is tough. He's just getting to learn about food and everything he was given made him sick. He started to cry and shake his head no as I walked towards the highchair. He was associating that with the itchy feeling and it broke my heart."
"When we made the decision to go gluten, dairy, sugar and grain free, my biggest challenge was breakfast. And then, just to make things really complicated, Miss 2 developed eczema and we had to go on a strict elimination diet to try to determine the triggers. So, what can you eat for breakfast when you can't have bread, cereal, nuts or eggs? The answer, as I've discovered, is veggies - and a little protein. It takes a little more preparation (although with a bit of forethought you can save heaps of time), but it means you can start the day knowing you've fuelled your body the best you can, and you've had a few serves of veggies without even trying. And let's be honest, we could all benefit from eating more veggies."