Children hate healthy food

This is how you inspire children to eat

Modern child psychologists and nutrition experts argue for good reason that children should not be motivated to eat with the predicate “healthy”, but with reference to enjoyment. And for the little ones, enjoyment also includes games and fun. So why not make daily meals an adventure? If your child is also one of those little food smokers who regularly nag "No, I don't like that!" ", Then try these tricks:

Make it really colorful

The eye eats even more with children than with us adults - what looks funny and beautiful is most likely to whet their appetite. Cheerful colors such as red, orange and yellow are good “seducers”: Tomatoes, radishes, peppers or corn are therefore usually very popular. Pure green can be classified as “too healthy” and rejected by the very clever - so always serve it with other colors in the mix.

Funny shapes and figures, such as our stuffed tomato toadstool, especially entice smaller children to grab them and are usually not complicated at all. A particularly simple trick is also cutting bread or cheese with cookie molds - lettuce or scrambled eggs look more attractive to children. After all, seeing plays an important role, also when eating: Up to 90 percent of perception is made through this sense, says Cornelia Ptach (lecturer for sensor technology and product development). She developed a special “sensory training” for children for the Slow Food Germany association.

Make your food an adventure

Often something new - that's great for us, children tend to be suspicious of it. They are often conservative when it comes to eating and don't mind getting the same favorites served over and over again. In order to still make them want new taste experiences, creativity is required. How do you turn food into an exciting adventure? The “Sensory Training” by Cornelia Ptach, for example, offers suggestions: If you want to teach your little connoisseurs good food, you should always serve different consistencies and flavors.

Raw food, for example, cracks nicely when chewed, and puree feels soft and gentle in the mouth. Sour tastes differently than salty, sweetish and slightly bitter is a big difference. Make an exciting quiz out of the meals: How does the food taste and smell, how does it feel in your mouth and when you touch it, what is there? Speaking of touching: Don't scold your child if your child eats with your hands more often - it's fun and makes you want to eat, trains the senses and educates you to enjoy consciously.

Small lists can help

If, despite all the tricks, your child completely refuses a particular dish or food, do not force them to eat it. Replace it with another one that will go down better. For example, if you absolutely don't like fish, try seafood - they are also full of iodine and protein. Does the little fish grouch also push this plate aside without emptying it? Do not panic. If necessary, you can also offer lean, protein-rich poultry instead of fish and try it again with seafood a while later. Because tastes are not only different, they can also change!

It is similar with vegetables: if your child loves tomatoes and cucumbers, but hates zucchini and peppers, then they will mainly get tomatoes and cucumbers. Of course, you can also try a little cheating: If the pepper is very finely diced on the beloved pizza, it may be eaten without protest; If the fish fillet is finely chopped up in a fish soup, in a pasta sauce or in a casserole, it may be more popular.