How to Teach Your Child to Eat Different Food

Children, Food, and Spiky Gooseberry
Think about different food and try to decide what is taste like. 
  • Does it really taste like watermelon simply because it is red and it says watermelon jellybeans on the package?  
  • What does it sound like when you bite into a crunchy carrot?  
  • Does grated apple taste different than a whole one?  
  • And what does a gooseberry taste like? Green, spiky, furry. . .
By brandi sims (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
 
Eating Habits 
Changing eating habits that develop during childhood is difficult, so preventing the development of bad eating habits is important.   
 
Children will eat as much as they need but many children are sceptical to new tastes and encouraging them to try more complex and healthy food is important. 

Taste Classes 
The French chemist, Jacques Puisais, developed in the 1970s a method of awakening the senses and learning about food through taste.    
 
His taste classes have been tried and the increasing problems with overweight children have seen a renewed interest in his ideas. 

Discover Food 
Let your children discover food with the help of:
  • Smelling
  • Touching
  • Listening
  • Looking 
Hopefully this will help the children to a more healthy relationship to food, and the idea is that the more varied you food eat the more likely you are to eat healthy.
Using the whole body while exploring the world and food provides the child with an experience that helps them both taste and explore.
  • By smelling a carrot, touching it and listening to the sound it makes when you snap it, it becomes more real and interesting. 
By Stephen Ausmus [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sweet, and Juicy Strawberry 

An important part of the method is to put words to your tasting experiences. 
What makes a strawberry taste nice? 
  • Is it because it is juicy? 
  • Or sweet? 
  • Or is it the tartness?   
By describing the food experience a larger consciousness is created and it is also easier to describe to other what you are feeling.  
Being able to put words to tastes might help to create better self-confidence and also help children to stand up for their one taste.
 

Photo: Cute Girl Surprised When Her Hotdog Is Too Hot by Stuart Miles

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