Cooking, especially barbecuing, can seem like grown-ups only territory. But one thing nutritionists recommend to help broaden your child’s tastes, it to get them involved in food preparation.
If you have had enough of serving up burger and fries, and your ready to try something new, here’s my top tips for getting your kids involved.
1. It’s all in the planning
This is going to require a fair bit of tolerance on your part, but can you suspend your love of healthy food long enough to let your child plan a menu for one meal? You can suggest some fruit and vegetables, but don’t insist. Your child needs to feel they have full control in order for this to be fun and successful.
If your child is reluctant to do this, which may happen in meal times have become a chore in your home, suggest you plan a dinner party for her favorite dolls, or his action figures.
2. Where does food come from
Can you get to a fruit farm? Or even a candy factory? When you walk around the supermarket talk about how the food got their. Look at foods in different states – like corn cob with the leaves still on, or tomatoes still on the vine. Children have a natural thirst for knowledge, and once they feel confident about what food is and where it comes from, they will be more willing to experiment with new flavors.
3. Little Chef
Play cafe, you be the customer, and let your child be the chef. Of course you will supervise any baking, but you could leave the room while they decorate a cake for you and mix up a milkshake. You can even get toy ovens that really bake treats. Once your child has experienced the satisfaction of watching someone enjoy food they have prepared, they can have some understanding of why you are so keen for them to eat the meals you prepare.
For more tips and ideas, check out this video from Health Central.