Healthy food habits start to develop during the toddler years, so it’s a key time to influence what your little one is eating. Their growing independence with food also means they might take matters into their own hands, and perhaps become fussy!
To help you and your little one children’s food expert Lucy Thomas has teamed up with Organix to launch its #LoveGoodFood campaign.
Inspiring children to enjoy fruit and vegetables is Lucy’s passion. She says, “It can be challenging for parents to get their little ones to eat fruit and veg, however, toddlers are naturally curious about the world around them so helping them learn about the colours, the funny shapes, smells and textures of a variety of fruit and vegetables in a fun environment and away from mealtime can really help get them excited about food”.
Five fun ideas to tempt your toddler
- Encourage a wider interest in food, without asking your toddler to eat or taste anything. Get them to smell, kiss, lick or crunch. You can show your child how to smell strawberries and lick one to feel the bumpiness of the seeds.
- Give lots of opportunities to touch and handle fresh fruit and vegetables – out shopping, at home cooking or even growing food. It will help them be more relaxed and interested in food.
- Get a little messy – let your little one squash a tomato or squeeze an orange while you are cooking. If they feel comfortable handling a food they are more likely to want to eat it.
- Let your child explore different textures of food by juicing, blending, grating or mashing foods with your help.
- Explore vegetables raw as well as cooked, it’s a great way to overcome a dislike of a vegetable – small crunchy florets of cauliflower for dipping are delicious, and taste very different to cooked cauliflower!