Well my pumpkin hating son loved the pumpkin soup Monday night. So yesterday I combined it with brown basmati rice and some left-over mince in the thermos for his lunch.
He declared it so delicious he enquired whether I had any more so he could have the same thing again ... win ...
Soups, sauces and purees are a fabulous way of getting loads of veggies into the kids. Often veggies that are refused on their own are also accepted as part of a soup/sauce/puree.
If you haven't tried give it a whirl. If adding grated cheese or some croutons or using it as a dip works then why not?
Anything that works in your house that we can all try?
Max reminds me that he doesn't like pumpkin every time I serve it (which is often). And I get that, we all have foods that we're not really fond of.
However, I am also a firm believer in a few food facts:
1. Our tastes change. Yes they do. Think wine/beer/coffee.
2. We can learn to like tastes (wine/beer/coffee)
3. The more familiar we are with a food the less offensive it becomes
4. Different prep methods can make a food more palatable.
These are the reasons I keep serving and keep expecting Max to like pumpkin more.
And to a degree I have been proven correct. Last year he begged me to take him to the Food & Wine Show (which I did). He tasted Simon Gault's Indian spiced soup and LOVED it. I tried very hard not to say "told you". I make a version of this soup quite often now (including tonight) and Max eats the lion's share.
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I'm a big believer in the power of the food environment over our choices. Be we adult or child so many of us are influenced by what happens around us.
I know that going to the gym 3x per week in Melbourne made me a "fit mum". I moved to Wellington and was surrounded by people who ran up and down mountains between coffees and suddenly didn't seem so fit at all! Nothing about me changed but my environment did and therefore so did my perspective.
One of my missions is to change the way society views food for children. And I love being involved with local communities to help this become a reality.
The local school PTA hosts BBQ's after sporting events. They have gone from cheap sausages, white bread, sugary ketchup and popsicles to "proper" sausages from the local butcher in wholemeal bread with low sugar sauce. For the latest PTA BBQ Juicies were also offered. These are locally made all fruit popsicles as opposed to the processed standard ones. On offer were also chopped carrot sticks, cucumber batons and cherry tomatoes. It's fascinating to watch the kids and see how a friend taking a carrot stick influences the uptake of a group.
Providing good choices does make a difference. And over time it will benefit selective eaters too.
My boys have gone to school today with left-over Thai red curry and brown rice noodles. The curry is chock full of veggies and I love it as it's a "one pot" cook for me!
Many selective eaters love pasta and so noodles are a great next step. Getting the kids eating variety is a critical part of them wanting to eat new things.
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Anyone who's worked with me knows how much I promote getting the kids cooking.
Not only does it provide bonding time and teach them so many valuable life lessons (maths, following instructions, safety, how to provide for oneself) but it gets kids hands on with food.
The more selective an eater the more important it is for them to be involved in the prep. This is not baking cup cakes every now and again but learning how to put a meal on the table.
In this I do practice what I preach! Joe stepped up Sunday and said he'd like to cook a "Roman feast" as part of his homework. He proceeded to make spelt wraps, salads, anti-pasto assortments and fried sausages which he'd researched had been available in Roman times.
Such an empowering thing for him.
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