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Gettting my child interested in other foods: how can I do it?

Many children have what experts refer to as ‘food jags.’ These are phases that they go through where they only want to eat one kind of food – at every meal.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to introduce your child to a wider range of flavours, and it’s best to start as early as possible. If your child is a little older already, and not interested in experiencing new tastes, there are still things you can do.

Children can take as long as eight to ten times before they decide whether they like a new type of food or not, but often, it’s parents who decide they’d rather avoid the trouble, and stick to foods that they know their children like.

If you would rather not rock the boat too much, then why not try a few different herbs and spices with an old favourite. This is a subtle way to expand your child’s tastes, and helps to prepare them for more adventurous meals.

Try to cook or sample foods from other cultures, whether they be Asian, African or Caribbean. You can either buy ready made meal kits from most supermarkets, or get take-aways from an ethnic restaurant.

Another way restaurants can help to expand your child’s tastes is if you order something a little more exotic than you ordinarily would, and let your child taste from your plate.

Using your child’s favourite ingredients in new ways, or adding new ingredients to favourite dishes is another way you can help to increase your child’s culinary repertoire, without causing too much hassle.

Children can learn to love a wide range of foods, but you should never force them. Simply offer them different options, and let them experiment on their own time.

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