Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
I work very hard in my kitchen. I research ingredients, I am constantly trying to make fun recipes that my little man will enjoy. However, when my little man is asked to try new things, a few things always tend to happen.
If I try a different thing for his lunch, I have to try it at home first with him. He is definitely not one of those kids that you can just put different things in their lunchbox and they are happy go lucky about it. I have to try the new things with him before that. For instance, I love BLT sandwiches, so does Monkey, However, I merely switched the bacon to Turkey bacon. I packed his lunch and off he went to school. That afternoon, when I pick him up, he ranted on and on about how his sandwich was different and he could not eat it.
That weekend, I cooked the turkey bacon with breakfast, convinced him to try it. Oh my stars, he gobbled it up. Now, he will eat turkey bacon.
My little man is strange when it comes to food. There is a restaurant that we eat at on Sundays after church. My parents and a few members come and it is really fun. We all talk, laugh, and just really enjoy each other’s company. Monkey would always get the same thing, chips and queso. One day, we order the chips and queso, the queso was changed. It was “orange” now it is “white” and it is not good. According to my munchkin, who merely saw the difference and now refuses to even try the queso. The same with his grilled cheese sandwich from there, they started adding an extra slice of cheese, now he doesn’t like it.
So, how do you convince your munchkin to try new foods? There’s a phrase that I tend to repeat a lot with him. “How do you know you don’t like it, if you refuse to try it?” The interesting thing is, almost every single time we start this fight, he will try the dish and discover that he loves it.
With my little man, especially here recently with me going through one of my experiment with foods phases, I have to convince him a bit more often to at least try the food. Par for the course when you have a little one that is quite picky about how his food looks. The more unhealthy it looks, the more like a character it looks, the more apt he is to chow down like his life depends on it. Now, I would love to add here, I have tried to be as organic a cook with him as possible. He had very little baby food from jars, I was that mom that puréed fresh green beans and sweet potatoes. I was researching the jars of baby food to find the ones that were the most organic. Can you tell that I am a first time mom? My mom friends laughed at me for a good while over this, especially the ones with three or more munchkins.
When I have been asked how I get my little one to try new foods, I have a very simple answer. Challenge him/her. You know just as well as I do that your munchkin loves to challenge you. They love to see what their boundaries are. Remind them of that. When there is a dish that my little one will not try, he just refuses to try, I ask him what about the dish he doesn’t think he will like. When he tells me, I tell him that I bet he won’t try it. I tell him that I bet that Daddy will finish his plate before Monkey. I remind him of that phrase earlier. After a little bit of convincing, he will try at least a bite.
For the most part, once he takes the bite, he will like what he is given. However, on the rare occasion that he discovers that he doesn’t like it, I don’t make him eat it. I will make him something else. I keep things on hand that are quick and nutritious for him as a back up. I know that there are moms out there that will tell me that I am spoiling him; that I should not let him grow up thinking that he will be able to get a choice in what he eats. Or those moms that will say, “In my day you got what was on your plate, that’s all you got to eat.”
First of all, I was raised the same way. My mom would make our plates and that is what we had to eat. I am not going to slam that by any means. It forced us kids to try new things. My mom is an amazing cook and for the most part I loved everything she cooked. Unless it had pickles, then I refused to touch the plate. Haha!
Now, I am a mom of one. I will forever only have one. God only blessed me with this one little one. I will never be cooking on a daily basis for more than just us three. So, if I have the ability to show him that he has options, why can’t I do that?
Also, I would love to point out that I am not allowing him to picky. I want him to open his mind a bit to trying new things. What has worked in getting him to try new things is the cushion of a back up. For him, it is comforting to know that if he tries something and he truly doesn’t like it, he will still be able to eat something else. This surprisingly is what works for him. Again, very seldom do I need to dig out that back up meal.
What are some of your go to moves to get your little ones to eat something new? Comment what they are, I would love to know!
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