I’m A Nutritionist And Here Are 10 Ways To Handle Picky Eaters And Why Kids SHOULD Have Dessert Every Day

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Children's nutritionist Sarah Almond Bushell revealed that children change their eating habits when food is an enjoyable experience and helping them use all their senses is really important (file image)

I’m A Nutritionist And Here Are 10 Ways To Handle Picky Eaters And Why Kids SHOULD Have Dessert Every Day

With nearly three-quarters of parents saying their kids are picky eaters, a nutritionist revealed that family vacations can actually inspire kids to switch up their meals.

Children’s nutritionist Sarah Almond Bushell revealed that children change their eating habits when food is a pleasurable experience and helping them use all of their senses is really important.

She said: “Eating shouldn’t be a chore and repeatedly encouraging experimentation through discovery and play and involving children in their food choices is the key to expanding picky palettes.”

As a result, TUI BLUE decided to launch Adventurous Appetites, which offers food-related activities such as Odd Bites, where children can try very unexpected food combinations.

And Kids Á La Carte, where children are commissioned to open their own restaurant and the first customers are their parents.

When surveyed, 90 percent of the children revealed that the strange food combinations they would try included noodles and melted cheese, chocolate-dried French fries, pizza topped with corn flakes and broccoli, and ice cream.

Sarah shared the top ten tips to help parents foster more adventurous appetites.

Children’s nutritionist Sarah Almond Bushell revealed that children change their eating habits when food is an enjoyable experience and helping them use all their senses is really important (file image)

1. Follow a pattern

Feeding schedules help little mouths feel secure and full. Plan meals and snacks, leaving at least 2.5 hours between each other. Meals at the resort can help establish these routines.

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2. Find time to eat as a family

The holidays offer a great opportunity to share meals together away from the stress of everyday life.

Eating with your children helps them learn about unfamiliar foods as they watch how you eat and follow your lead.

3. Don’t stress

Easier said than done, but eliminating stress will encourage children to eat more. Parents should focus on providing the food, while children decide what to eat. Use our Healthy Eating Challenge to put kids in control so they can choose based on the scorecard and earn rewards.

4. Serve family style

Set the table with a variety of serving dishes and have your children serve themselves and you from the food selection. This is a great way to use the all-inclusive buffet at your resort and allows your little one to feel like they’re still in charge of what they eat.

5. Introduce a learning plate

Use a side dish for a small amount of new food and encourage children to explore it using their 5 senses, not just their taste buds. Learning through play and experimentation is important, and at least during the holidays, someone else can help with the mess!

6. Test it before you sell it

Make sure children see you trying new foods and commenting on how delicious they are. Don’t push them to try new options, but encourage their curiosity. Actions speak louder than words!

7. Make eating fun.

30 percent of parents have used cookie cutters to make their child’s food look more interesting.

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While children are ‘ogling’, make sure the food looks good to encourage more bites. Why not try the Healthy Eating Challenge to reward your little ones when they try new foods in different colors?

8. Talk about food

Focus on food, not eating. For example, talk about where the food came from, what color it is, how it tastes and smells, rather than whether or not your child has eaten it or even liked it.

9. Choose daily desserts

While 41 percent of parents use sweet treats to encourage adventurous eating, it’s better to make dessert a normal part of every meal rather than a reward for kids after cleaning their plates. In other words, let them loose at the dessert buffet!

10. Get active

Take advantage of the holiday weather and plan a high-energy activity every morning.

Activities like getting them in the pool or a trip to the beach will help your child arrive at the lunch table with an appetite and enough enthusiasm to want to try new foods.

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