Healthy Eating for Children and Families @ Thinking Nutrition

By: Thinking Nutrition  06-Dec-2011

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets To Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
(2007, HarperCollins, Hardcover)

Tried everything and you still can’t get your children to eat vegetables or fruit? This book is your answer to dinner-time battles. Author Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, provides simple, healthy, deceptive meal solutions. And deceptiveness is the key!

Children’s natural neophobia (fear of new foods) drives them to avoid new foods. Providing repeated exposures to new foods is an important tool in overcoming neophobia, scientists estimate that 10-15 exposures of new foods are required before a child will accept new foods. A great technique is to offer children a bite sized piece of the disliked vegetable or fruit every day for a fortnight away from main meal time. And if that doesn’t work then what?

Take Jessica Seinfeld’s great advice on how to add more fruit and vegetables to your children’s diet. Pureeing fruits and vegetables in batches, then adding to meals will ensure your child is getting all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they need. It may sound like a short-term fix, but it may actually help in the long run too! Exposing children to subtle flavours of fruits and vegetables regularly – unbeknown to them – may help your children to unknowingly develop a taste for them. And familiarity is important, once foods are familiar they’re more likely to be eaten when served at dinner time.

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