True or false?
In general, fussy eaters prefer foods that are beige, and uniform and without surprises!
This makes sense. A cracker for example, has that lovely predictability and uniformity. It will always look, feel and taste the same.
Picky eaters often have remarkably similar diets consisting of foods like cereals, toast, crackers, plain pasta and nuggets.
However, I know from speaking to 100's of parents that there are also children who, although very selective when it comes to most foods, have some weird likings for left of centre foods.
I know of a boy who had a super limited diet but would eat blue cheese dip. Another whose favourite food was calamari with aioli and a girl who would chow spicy curry.
This tells us that yes, in general plain foods are going to rock. However, if we limit our child's choices we may just be missing out on foods that could become favourites.
What our child develops a comfort level with often seems to defy logic. Rather than try and figure out what the logic is I believe a great policy is to believe that our child is as likely to love an olive as a piece of cucumber.
If we embrace this philosophy it's great on a number of levels:
- We never inadvertently shut a door to progress by not offering a new food (however, weird)
- We treat all foods as a potential new one for our child
- We don't inadvertently exacerbate the beige love
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.