Kids' food 

Children talk about food, and life coach Debbie Lewis suggests ways to encourage your child to eat more healthily.

Kids in the kitchen

Transcript of Kids' food

All children do seem to have some preferences

for some foods over others like adults do,

and that's quite normal that some children really like apples or bananas

and some others like oranges.

That's quite common.

I think what becomes difficult is when children get stuck into food ruts

where they will only eat one type of thing.

I mostly like different types of meat, especially Chinese ribs.

I love chocolate.

Yeah, I love chocolate. One of my favourite foods. It's really nice.

I would die without chocolate.

I don't like black olives.

I'm only fussy with milk.

Milk, sausages.

Very fussy. I don't like fruit or vegetables.

I hate peas, mushrooms, coleslaw...

I can't remember. I've got loads that I don't really like.

Parents need to remember that really their role and their job

is to provide good, healthy food for their children

and it is then up to their child to eat it.

They can't make their child eat food.

As soon as you start going, "Just have one more spoonful"

or "If you eat that bit you get a story before bed,"

you then start playing into this conflict with your children

and really playing into this control situation.

Your child will eat when they're hungry.

If they don't eat this meal they'll eat the next one

if they don't eat that, they'll eat something else.

I think what you need to remember is

that if we're also constantly filling our children up with snacks...

"You haven't had your supper. Do you want toast before you go to bed?"

..that's not going to encourage children to eat regularly at mealtimes.

We need to let go of this fear that our children are going to starve

because they're not.

Get involved with them, cook with them.

Not just cook, but educate them about the food that you're using.

Talk about it, let them know about it,

find out interesting facts about it that they'll be interested in,

familiarise the children with the food.

It's fun. You get to cook your own food, you get to eat your own food.

Stuff you can cook at home.

Now what do I need to do?

- Stir it around. - Stir it and mix it around. Good.

It's fun, it's entertaining and you never get bored with it.

There's lots of things to do with cooking,

all sorts of things to make.

I would always say that it's worth including in your meal

something you know your child does like,

so if you are perhaps introducing a new food to them

or something they haven't had before or something you'd like them to eat,

I would always introduce alongside that something you know your child likes

so that you know your child is going to be getting something to eat.

OK, quick as you can, mix it all up, start making your dough.

Doesn't matter if you make a mistake.

I like fruit. I have lots of fruit.

I have around... I don't have five a day, I probably have two or three.

Probably morning, afternoon, maybe, or dinner.

So we use the palm of our hands...

Mix it all up. Don't squeeze too much.

I like oranges, bananas, peach,

lychees, apples.

I like carrots, potatoes, beetroots...

I like most of the vegetables.

They're nice and I especially like eating them in vegetable soup.

Get them involved in naming the kind of fruits that are around.

I'd ask them to hunt for different things in the supermarket.

"Can you find the pasta for us?"

"Can you find the rice? Can you find some beans?"

So they're really starting to get excited about food

and understanding what foods are around.

If we sit down and eat with our children and enjoy that time

then children get an important message from us

that sitting and eating together and eating good food

is important to how we grow up and how we stay healthy.


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Little Cook said on 22 July 2011

Excellent! Good to hear someone encouraging people to sit down to eat as a family. Encouraging children to eat well from an early age will improve their health in later life.

This will keep them fit and healthy and encourage them to do the same with their children.

Cooking simple healthy meals is just as easy as buying ready made meals and much cheaper and healthier.

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