I worked with a lovely couple over the weekend. They have a 5 y.o. daughter Rose* who eats no fruit or veg aside from specific purees from a sachet.
We looked at a few strategies from the guide for picky eaters, Creating Confident Eaters, that may support Rose to gently expand what she was eating.
Sunday morning breakfast was such a lot of fun for the whole family. Rose's older brother loved the new approach and in turn Rose got caught up in the fun.
This is what we are looking for. Fun, relaxed meals. An approach to food that elicits delight rather than fear. A family meal that has everyone smiling.
Often when we have a selective eater all joy goes out the window - for everyone. My goal is to help all families get that pleasure back. The more we enjoy eating the more likely we are to tackle the challenging.
Rose's mum then organised to bake some muffins. They were going to use one of Rose's fruit sachets in the baking and were looking at videos that gave them recipe ideas.
Rose continued watching and saw that the next video mentioned grated beetroot in the muffin and asked could they try this next time.
Now you may be thinking that your child would NEVER volunteer to do this. Rose's parents would have bet the house on it too!
Our approach can have an enormous impact on how our child is able to operate around food. We often feel helpless, and yet we have so much positive power.
Rose may yet bottle out of adding the beetroot but starting the conversation is a big step in the right direction.
Small amounts. Tiny, teeny, itty microscopic little bits are what we would be adding too!
*(story told with permission, name changed for privacy)
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.