ALL kids go through phases, one week they will only eat red things, then green things, sometimes they will only eat off your plate or they prefer to snack rather than eat a “meal” and sometimes they just won’t eat at all.
This can be frustrating and cause stress for mum and dad.
In my experience with my fussy child I found that not making a big deal out of it was the best answer.
Just like sleeping, they do it when they want to.
Reasons your child may be fussy:
in the child or during your pregnancy.
intolerances or allergies.
be fussy with their foods…that means you too dad. Small comments like “what is this?”, or with a screwed up face “I am not eating that” isn’t helpful and teaches the make their own mind up.
How do I get nutrients into my child?
I am not going to lie, (but don’t tell my kids) I hide them everywhere, chocolate cake, fudge, smoothies/milk shakes, soups, frittata or quiches, casseroles, pasta, rissoles, spag bol, lasagne and desserts.
You need to become friends with your food processor and experiment.
Make it fun - use skewers, meat balls, make funny faces or objects (and yes, as they get older the objects will become rude, especially if you have boys).
Smoothies – 40 per cent greens, spinach, kale: 40 per cent fruit (frozen makes it creamy) and 20 per cent protein- nuts, seeds, LSA, chia, yoghurt etc keep it simple for them to make their own.
You could have fruit or smoothie packs ready in the freezer.
Consult your naturopath to see if there are any nutrients that can help with absorption or green powders that can safely be added to smoothies or water.
Persevere and be a great role model.
Try something new every week, get your child to pick out what they would like to try, make it interesting and flavourful.