Nutrition is the key to growth and development prenatally as well as after birth continuing on through all the different stages of life.
Help! My kids won’t eat their vegetables
Parents own eating habits and behaviour’s can influence and shape those of their children – either positively or negatively.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
Repeated exposure to the taste of unfamiliar foods such as vegetables can help improve intake and liking of previously rejected foods in children.
Take advantage of their minds and the enthusiasm to learn
Children have a natural curiosity and want to understand how things work. Therefore teaching them about the concepts of nutrition, as soon as they are old enough, can be a useful strategy for encouraging healthier eating behaviours.
Purchasing some good storybooks about food will emphasise key concepts about food and nutrition, including the importance of variety, how digestion works, the different food groups, characteristics of nutrients, and how nutrients help the body function.
Get them involved
Children are more likely to try something if they had a hand in growing, sourcing or preparing it. Reconnect children with the source of their foods by growing your own veggie patch, or visiting a farmer’s market or ‘pick your own’ farm.
Allow children to select vegetables they would like to try and get them to roll their sleeves up and help you to prepare and cook it.
Give vegetables silly names, eg “Tasty Tree Tops”. Be creative.
Also eat as a family, creating positive food experiences by rewarding good behavior (eg stickers).