This is a topic that definitely divides us. If our children eat a limited diet should we "hide" things?
For me the short answer is no and this is why (which I guess makes it a very long answer ;) )
1. The relationship we have with our kids is the most important one in their lives. If they can't trust us who can they trust?
2. If we're already hesitant about food always needing to question what's in there will only make us more so. I know parents who have to produce the box to "prove" the brand of a food.
I also know a mother who "lost" muffins from her son's very limited diet for a year as a strand of green was unearthed.
3. We are not teaching our kids to eat variety if they don't know they are eating it.
4. Hiding foods is generally a short-term boost for us as parents rather than a solution. We feel better as we have got them to eat tomato today.
5. If the only way our kids will eat veg is if it's masterfully buried deep in a choc cake what's going to happen when they start making their own food decisions?
I am certainly not against adding nutrient dense ingredients to baking or grating veggies into integrated dishes - especially if our children have been eating this happily for ages.
I have just seen that many selective eaters have lost trust in their parents over the years and this impedes progress. We want our kids to feel we're supporting them every step of the way and they can always trust us when we serve them something.
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.