Are you struggling at home with a child who is a fussy eater? Refusing to eat vegetables is pretty common and in my experience there’s no easy way to get a child to eat their veggies if they don’t want to. However, don’t give up hope. Children’s nutritionist Simone Emery from Play with Food* has kindly shared with me some useful tips to help to get you off on the right foot if you wish your picky eater would eat their veggies. You can find Simone’s tips in the second half of this blog post.
When my son stopped eating fruit and vegetables at the age of 18 months I had no idea that six years later he would still refuse to eat them.
But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t made progress. With a lot of hard work, an enormous amount of patience and some great help and advice we are in a much better place than we were a few years ago.
Will he eat an apple? Munch on carrot sticks? Eat a vegetable stir fry?
However he can now sit next to someone eating an apple, cope with the sound of a sibling crunching on a carrot stick and pick the noodles and protein out of a stir fry without freaking out about the vegetables.
A few years ago he would have run out of the room rather than have any of these foods close to him.
He will also eat many things that I give him with hidden vegetables in them (e.g. pancakes, smoothies, sauces, cookies) in the full knowledge that the vegetables are there.
It might not sound like much if your child isn’t a picky eater but believe me this is PROGRESS!
I’ve had some great advice over the years and I have found the online support from Simone Emery of Play with Food particularly helpful. Simone is a children’s nutritionist who lives in Australia but she has a wealth of support on offer which can be accessed from anywhere in the world – video resources, recipes, ebooks and even Skype consults. Her Goodbye Picky Eating* ecourse is the full package of support but there are some free resources on her site – check out the five freebies in five days resources to give you a taster of her work. To access this you just need to sign up to her mailing list. There’s also a free PDF to download below.
Watching Simone’s courses, such as Positive Food Talk with Kids, really brought home to me how much unintentional pressure I was putting on my son to eat things he didn’t want to. As soon as I checked myself and took the pressure off things started to improve.
I asked Simone for some tips, in particular with helping kids who have an aversion to vegetables. Read on if you have a kid who won’t eat their veg! These tips are also useful more generally to help your picky eater.
Visit Simone’s site Play with Food* for more help and advice.
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