Recipe: Presentation is Everything!
This week I am taking a recipe hiatus and would like to
share some picky eater tips that I am currently using at my house!
For picky eaters, looking at a full plate of "tuna surprise"
with a side of rice pudding and a cup of strawberry smoothie can be awfully
overwhelming. I know this is definitely true for my picky eating daughter.
Although she will eat foods such as scrambled eggs and
oatmeal, which are visually and tactically messy, I believe she will only do so
because she has tasted them, knows she likes them and is now willing to eat
them. If I change the presentation of the eggs, for example adding onions or
peppers, she will experience hate at first sight and yell out the
dreaded, "Don't like it!"
One of the ways I have successfully wooed her into tasting
new foods is to present the novel morsel on child's plate that is separated
into three parts.
In this example, the primavera rice is the new-fangled food
and the baby carrots and whole wheat pretzel sticks are the old stand bys! I
find that if I use this method to introduce new foods, it goes very well. My
daughter will look at the segmented plate, knowing she has options, two of
which are familiar.
She can eat any and all of the foods on her terms, making
her own choices as she goes along. I will see her willingly tasting the new
food mainly because, I think, there is no real pressure to do so. If I put any
pressure on her,
- she knows it right away, and
- will often exert her toddler
right to say "no mommy" and push it away.
I have also recently invested in some fun hot pink and
purple (my daughter's favorite colors) containers. She loves all the little
containers and she knows that they are for her. They have lids, so they are practical
and travel ready! In addition, the one purple bowl has a lid that opens halfway
so she enjoys reaching in and pulling out her treats.
If it is mealtime and I give her two or three containers at
a time, I make sure only one is filled with a new food or maybe something she
has rejected in the past, hoping that this time she will choose to try it again
and like it!
Don't forget to join me on Tuesday for the first "Good
Eater Secrets" post! Hear feeding tips straight from an experienced occupational
therapist who is also the mom of two adorable little boys!