Weekend nights my husband cooks. It's great for me as it's two less meals to get on the table. He's also really good at it and often creates something new.
Sunday night he quickly fried some zucchini in garlic and butter and then cut into little triangles. The zucchini was still firm but just cooked.
Usually Max rejects zucchini as it's just not his favourite veg. He's fine having it in integrated meals and OK if it's pizza-style drowned in cheese but on it's own it just doesn't rock his boat.
And I get that. It's a texturally challenging veg!
However, Sunday he nudged me and said "you're not going to believe this but I really like this zucchini" as he spooned heaps onto his plate.
The reason I bring this up is because I follow my own advice when feeding my boys:
1. Keep serving what you want eaten. Even if it regularly gets rejected.
2. Changing up the way a food looks/tastes/smells/feels can make a difference.
3. We always have to believe that eventually our children can learn to like something.
So why the picture of celery?
Well, I had a lovely family I worked with a few weeks ago who had a young son who really struggled with new foods. His mother followed my advice and added some veg to his morning snack and would you believe he ate some celery.
Totally out of left-field he chose something that many children find challenging to eat.
Which bangs home another of my messages. We can never prejudge what our children will or won't like. Yes we may be right much of the time. But what if we're wrong?
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.