This past week, two things happened that really brought home the importance of giving our kids autonomy with their food, especially for picky eaters.A teenager who was open to change
The first was a one-on-one cooking lesson that I had with a 15-year-old boy. This is a kid who has a pretty limited palate and has shown very little interest in food. When his mother gave him the option of having a cooking lesson, however, he jumped at the opportunity. When I arrived, he was eagerly waiting at the door and then started right into learning how to chop vegetables, make a sauce, and put together a healthy dinner. He was focused, cheerful, and engaged. It was such a wonderful experience!
Looking back, there were a couple of reasons that I think the session was such a success. One was that just by offering the possibility of the cooking class, he was given a chance to learn a new skill that would help him to become more independent. Another was that he got to choose the...
Today's post is a guest post from the amazing Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN who's site JessicaLevinson.com is full of great ideas for feeding your family, as well as recipes that are to die for! She is here to share her tips for how to get your kids to eat more vegetables-- and who doesn't need help with that?!“Eat your veggies!”
Do you hear yourself saying this to your kids at least once a day?
As a mom of school-age children, I know it’s not so easy to get those servings of produce into the kids’ diets. Granted, fruit is easier than veggies since it’s naturally sweet, but if the options on the table are crackers and crudité or cookies and fruit, the majority of kids (certainly mine) will go for the crackers and cookies if given free reign.
It wasn’t always that way – when my twin girls were two and three they ate pretty much anything I put in front of them, but times have changed. Peer influence and more exposure to food outside of the home have led to...