Using cooking as a way to introduce your child to new foods.
Here is a new approach. At least I have not thought of this.
Parents of picky eaters, don't despair. Here is an article that discusses a different approach. Instead of arguing, bribing, begging and the following frustration that will most inevitably ensue, how about cooking with your child. In the course of cooking that recipe, put in the healthy ingredients. Just showing your child the new food and allowing them to interact with it through cooking, not eating.
This idea is comes from a book written based on the Canadian food guidelines but the principle is the same.
According to their book, The Good Food Book for Families, co-authored by a pediatrician,Cheryl Mutch and a teacher, Brenda Bradshaw, it could take up to ten times of exposure before a child will accept a new food. So don't give up on broccoli just yet. We can use cooking to just get them use to seeing it, touching it and well, getting to know it.
The other key point the book discusses, is we are too rushed so we get trapped into the fastest, most convenient approach. Yeah, you know what I am going to say, fast food, easy food.
I like their idea, it makes it fun for the kids and interactive.
The company is out of Canada, but with the internet, information is only a click away.