Desserts and sweets
Whether it’s cakes, cookies, candies or any other sugary food, it’s important to for your children to be exposed to that type of food and can appreciate them, Their balanced diet won’t be jeopardized by it ! Once again, it’s only a question of quantity and frequency.
Special occasions and birthdays are ideal moments to add such products to the menu. And you can offer homemade cakes or cookies, which are not as high in fat/sugar as the popular brands versions. It will prevent children’s taste buds from getting accustomed to the taste of fat and/or sweet foods and develop a strong attraction for these products.
Unlike sweet desserts and fatty foods, ketchup is used more often than not to facilitate picky eaters’ meal time.
Made of tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt and a few spices, ketchup has been used for decades as a camouflage strategy for less appreciated foods. This not-too-nutritious condiment is not part of the four food groups. It can be used from time to time, but in reasonable quantities.
As a condiment, ketchup must be used to add to the foods’ natural taste and stimulate appetite. It shouldn’t hide the taste of food, which could affect a child’s taste development and have a negative impact on his diet as an adult. It is therefore very important to accustom the child to different flavors and avoid monotony that could lead to a frequent ketchup consumption. To introduce your kids to a variation of flavours, alternate ketchup with other sauces such as peach sauce or tzatziki sauce.
Foods made for kids
At the supermarket, you’ll find many products that are made for kids on the shelves. Major food companies have in fact developed products that appeal to children thanks to their shapes or fun colours. Unfortunately, these products are often less nutritious than the « adult » versions.
These companies’ food marketing encourages consumers to think that children can’t eat the same foods as adults. However, it is wrong to believe that children can’t eat the same foods as adults under the pretext that they won’t like it.
Children's tastes, like those of adults, develop over time. It is therefore important to expose young eaters to multiple flavours and different foods. Setting a good example at the table and repeating the exposure to less preferred foods remain the best strategies to help your children develop a taste for a wide variety of foods.