Ex­pand their PALATE

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

Start with the fa­mil­iar

“Work with what they will eat and slowly vary that,” Sten­ing sug­gests. “If some­one doesn’t eat pineap­ple but does like cheese and onion, make a toasted sand­wich or pizza with cheese and onion, then add a tea­spoon of crushed pineap­ple.”

Take it slow

If your part­ner hates fish, add a tea­spoon or two to a potato cake. Then, if they’ve ac­cepted it, dou­ble the amount next time so that new foods are slowly mixed with those that are fa­mil­iar.

Use well-loved flavours

If cheese sauce is a favourite on steak, try it with a new veg­etable too. Or try adding half a can of lentils to bolog­nese sauce. It’s not about dis­guise, but giv­ing a fussy eater an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess some­thing un­fa­mil­iar.

Don’t go to ex­tremes

Don’t start with out­ra­geous flavours or su­per-hot spices. Go with things that are close to some­thing they like al­ready. If potato is a sta­ple for your fussy eater, try a mix of white potato and sweet potato. If peas are ac­cept­able, try serv­ing them with an­other sweet vegie such as corn.

Don’t give up!

As with chil­dren, an adult fussy eater may need to try a new food sev­eral times be­fore it be­comes ac­cept­able. Keep of­fer­ing and be pa­tient.

Re­lax — it’s just a meal!

Cre­at­ing a pleas­ant and re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment around food can make a big dif­fer­ence. Like­wise, a fussy eater may be more likely to try a new food in a res­tau­rant en­vi­ron­ment.

Turn the pres­sure down

Al­ways re­spect other peo­ple’s lim­i­ta­tions and un­der­stand that be­ing pres­sured to eat can be ex­tremely stress­ful, and that the at­tempt can some­times back­fire.

Don’t take it per­son­ally

Just be­cause your loved one doesn’t like your care­fully pre­pared risotto, it doesn’t mean they don’t love you. It’s only food!

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