Tackling fussy eaters can be a right royal pain. We get it, when the end of the day rolls around, there’s nothing more frustrating and daunting than serving up a plate of food that receives a turned-up nose and a tantrum (and maybe some food flung across the kitchen too). At Farmdrop, we’re big advocates of educating kids about food from a young age, instilling better, healthier and more balanced eating habits from as early an age as possible. There are several ways you can tackle your fussy eaters at the dinner table, but what about before their food even gets to their plate? Get the kids excited about where their food comes from with your next Farmdrop shop.
Here are 5 ways you can banish fussy habits with Farmdrop
1. Let them pick
Giving your kids a choice of what they’re going to be eating will inevitably make them want it more. You’re putting the power in their hands rather than serving something up that they weren’t expecting and didn’t ask for. Let them scroll through the Farmdrop shop and let them pick out a few veggies and fruits to come in the delivery. Hassle free and no screaming in the chocolate aisle either!
2. Get them involved in the delivery
Pick a delivery time for when the kids are going to be home so they can be part of unpacking your Farmdrop box. Get them to find the fruit and veg that they picked and let them see all the food as it comes out the box. What about these multi-coloured eggs? Milk that comes the old-school way in glass bottles with a cream top or these fun animal pasta shapes from Little Pasta Organics? Getting them acquainted with their food, in raw form, will help you later down the line when they see what’s on their plate.
3. Celebrate vegetables that look like vegetables
We champion wonky veg. Or, more to the point, we champion vegetables that come just as they are, fresh out of the ground. Whether they’ve got a bit of mud on them, they have their leafy edible roots attached or they’re just a bit wonky, these are veggies that look and taste just like veggies when they’re local, fresh and seasonal. Get the kids to put the veg away or washing it ready for dinnertime. Treat it as an education starter to open up the chat about how veggies grow, where they come from and why they’re good for us.
4. Nothing is disgusting
Try not to be negative about food. If you don’t like it, there’s less of a chance that they’ll give it a go later down the line. And many of the lesser-used cuts of meat that your kids might not usually see are normally those packed with the meaty flavours they enjoy. Take it as another education opportunity as well. Each time a meal of four chicken breasts is made, there are two chicken carcasses left in need of a home. The same goes for all sorts of offal and animal bones, which are often discarded in mainstream supply chains. Carcasses and bones can be turned into a tasty stock. Rather than chuck them away, our farmers sell them at a cut price so you can make the most of all that flavour and nutrition, and fight food waste and fussy eaters in the process.
5. Cook together
Set out jobs for the kids to help with. Washing veg and chopping salads are both great places to start. Get your children a set of kid-friendly cooking knives to make them feel like they’re properly involved. They’ll be more likely to eat a meal that they’ve had the pride of contributing to themselves.
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