Tips and Recipes for Picky Eaters
Getting children to eat what is good for them can be quite a challenge. Any parent faced with repeated choruses of “NO” and “I don’t like it” will understand exactly how difficult it can be to get nutritious food stuffs into your little picky eaters’ diet. As per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendation, infants over 6 months of age are completely ready to try external foods. However, children have very specific preferences, even at such young ages and trying to come up with food that they will like will turn your kitchen into a laboratory! But there is no need to fret, this process can be a lot of fun too, and here are a few tips to help you along:
Method of Feeding
As a parent, you will soon realize that spoon-feeding your infant or toddler is easier said than done! Spoons will be flung all over the room, bowls will be overturned and you will most likely be following your little one from room to room trying to feed them just a little more. Is there an easier method to feed infants and toddlers?
GoFreshBaby food pouches are the perfect alternative for frustrated parents. Filling the pouch with the purees is easy and since they are resealable, children can keep coming back for more. The double zip seal closure ensures that the food stays in. This makes for a mess-free meal time. In addition, these pouches are made of food grade plastic, are BPA and Phthalate free, reusable, freezer and dishwasher friendly.
Mix It Up
Purees are great options for picky eaters because mixing flavors tend to camouflage those that your child might not be too fond of. Does your child love potatoes but hate spinach? Try pureeing some potatoes, spinach and cheese. Spoon this puree into the GoFreshBaby food pouches after sliding your thumb into the closure and prying it apart. You might have to try out a few food purees before you hit the perfect combination that sneakily passes under your child’s picky radar.
Don’t Play Favorites
Many parents make the mistake of falling back on the default go-to foods that you already know your child likes. Unfortunately, in the long run, this might make your toddler averse to trying out new flavors and textures so this practice is best avoided. A smoothie is probably one of the best ways to ensure that your child tastes new food items which are paired with the ones they are already familiar with. Don’t be afraid to add healthy ingredients like kale, spinach, flax seeds and dates to the smoothie. There are tons of combinations to try out!
With a handy blender, GoFreshBaby food pouches and your imagination, you can come up with many new mixed food purees that your child will love!