I have always tried my best to offer my children a well-balanced meal each night. A lot of the parents that I “work for” run through McDonald’s each night to grab dinner. Poor babies! They don’t even know what a real meal looks like. My dinners tend to include 1 meat, 1-2 vegetables, 1 bean, either potatoes or pasta, and bread. On occasion we have a side salad with our meal. People who have visited during dinner time ask me why I prepare such a feast. It’s just a normal meal in my home. There are a lot of hungry tummies here, and I want to make sure that everyone’s belly gets full. The best part is, we rarely have any food leftover.
Ever since the children were babies, I have encouraged them to try new foods. I taught them that they should always try something once, and if they don’t like it, then they don’t have to eat it again. But, they have to give it a fair shake. My youngest discovered just recently how much he enjoyed Spinach/Artichoke dip. When my aunt came in for a visit a few years back and saw my kids ordering salads for lunch, she looked at me and said, “How in the world did you manage that? My boys won’t touch anything healthy!” I just shrugged and told her that they love their fruits and vegetables, which they do. My oldest loves corn and carrots, my daughter loves salads and cherries, and my youngest loves bananas and salads. I even convinced my granddaughter to try my green beans, after she expressed how much she disliked them. It is now a requested vegetable anytime she is with us at dinner time.
So basically, in order to get my babies to try new foods, I just don’t give them the option. They have to at least try it; with an open mind. After that, the decision is theirs.
How do you get your kids to try new foods?