How to Nurture Your Child’s Love of FoodApril 23, 2020 • Outdoor Ideas
Top tips for foodie fun with your family from our friends at Little Dish
Little Dish make fresh, veg-packed meals for toddlers and believe it’s essential to get little ones hands-on with food from an early age to lay the foundations for life-long healthy eating habits. Here they’ve shared some of their top tips to help nurture a love of food including a super-cute Little Chef’s Skills Chart, and some delicious recipes from the Little Dish Family Cookbook. To find out more about Little Dish’s award-winning fresh toddler meals and finger foods, visit LittleDish.co.uk
Cooking with kids
Keeping tots close to you in the kitchen, getting them familiar with ingredients and experimenting with new foods and flavours all influence little ones’ eating habits, helping them to cultivate a love of food.
We have created a Little Chef’s Skills Chart, so budding little chefs can track their progress in the kitchen. Download it here, pop it on the fridge and celebrate with stickers each time they master a new skill. All of our family-friendly recipes also have a special job for little helpers, so they can enjoy getting busy in the kitchen.
Eating as a family
Mealtimes are a great way to connect and communicate as a family – a chance to hear about your little one’s day, and share stories. Eating together is also a really good way to encourage young children to try new tastes, as they learn from copying other family members. And, of course, it helps little ones get the hang of table manners!
Teaching your toddler about seasonality
A sure fire way to foster an early love of food is to teach children where it comes from, and an important part of that is learning about seasonality. Seasonal produce tastes better and is more likely to be grown close to home, so is fresher and more nutritious. Download our handy guide to eating fresh all year round, and see how many fruit & veg your little foodie can name.
Foodie fun for the family
– Plant a Herb Garden. Herbs taste great, smell beautiful and are easy to grow, popping their little shoots out of the soil in as little as a week. You can buy ready-made kits or use old yoghurt pots with a hole cut out of the bottom for drainage.
– Start a Veg Patch. Our Nutritionist, Lucy Jones, says, “Little ones love planting seeds and watching them grow. Tomatoes, courgettes and cress all grow really well. If tots are encouraged to have a role in growing, picking, washing, chopping and helping to prepare a meal, they’re far more likely to want to eat it”.
– Easy as 1,2,3. Cooking is a great opportunity for little ones to practice their counting. Encouraging them to count out the different number of fruits and vegetables needed for a recipe helps them to understand that a number corresponds to an amount, which can help with adding and subtracting down the line.
– Go Berry Picking. We will have to wait a little while until we can go out again to enjoy fruit picking but once we can, hunting for juicy berries is a lovely way to learn where food comes from and something children of all ages will love. Find your nearest pick-your-own farm by visiting www.pickyourownfarms.org.uk.
Visit LittleDish.co.uk to find out more.