Kids can get pretty set in their ways when it comes to food. Our oldest child bases what he eats on how it looks and smells while our youngest will try almost anything. With the holidays approaching I wanted to come up with ways to help my kids branch out and try some new food items that they just might love and want to eat on a regular basis.
Festive Foods ~ Prepare dishes with the holiday theme. Even if it’s a dish that you have tried to get them to eat before, change it up this time and add a different ingredient so it has a different texture and smell. Maybe that will entice them to give it a try!
Be Creative ~ add fresh vegetables such as onion and celery plus herbs to your Thanksgiving stuffing. Stuff the turkey with vegetables and herbs. Incorporate holiday colors using food dye into a new dish. Any way we can add fresh, healthy ingredients to make an eye-appealing dish that the kids will want to try is worth it!
Different Cultures ~ Research holiday dishes from other cultures to try. Try a lamb dish to represent Greece possibly. Many countries have a form of potato salad as a holiday dish. Try a potato salad recipe from Chile, Columbia or Denmark and maybe they will discover a unique taste they like that they had never had before!
Sometimes we have to be clever when we want kids to branch out and try new things especially when it comes to food. We hope you are able to try some of the above tips and that they are successful!
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the December 2018 issue. All opinions are my own.