In our video series, we are going to cover a number of strategies to get kids to eat a larger variety of foods… and dare I say it, more vegetables!
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The video covers the importance of gateway foods.
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Find Out What Gateway Foods Are and How to Use Them
It’s so important for kids to try new foods. Your child may love some of the foods you prepare and other times, not so much 😉 Build on the foods your child already eats by tracking those foods and then offering similar variations using different shapes, preparations and/or flavors. This will slowly help your child accept new foods by building on the foods your child already likes. Variety is so important to helping a child expand their flavor palate.
Download the Gateway Food Tracker Chart from Feeding My Kid so you can start tracking what your child is eating. This is how you will be able to build on the foods your child is already eating.
Change up the shape, seasoning and preparation of your child’s favorite foods. Go at your child’s pace.
For example, sweet potatoes or any root vegetable can be prepared a million different ways. Try them all! Change the texture and the seasonings. Also add herbs and spices to their meals. Just keep introducing it!
Change up the shape, seasoning, and preparation of vegetables, try:
– fry shaped / waffle shaped / tots
– cook with garlic
– mix with other roasted veggies
– roasted with cinnamon or other spices
Keep it different. If you offer pasta, change up the type of pasta you are serving. Don’t let your kids get into an eating rut.