Are you a parent struggling to get your picky eater to try new foods? Do mealtimes feel like a constant battle, with your child refusing to eat anything but their favorite snacks? If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. Many parents face the challenge of providing healthy and nutritious meals that their children will actually eat.
At Whizmeal, we understand the frustration and stress that comes with trying to feed a fussy eater. That's why we've developed the Whizmeal 5-Phase Programme, a comprehensive and family-friendly approach to meal planning that will change the way you and your family look at food.
Phase 1: Mix and Match
In this first phase, we encourage you to introduce new and "not-normal" foods alongside familiar favorites. We believe that getting children involved in the meal planning process can make trying new foods more fun and engaging. So, why not turn mealtime into a creative activity? Let your child mix and match different foods to create their own unique plate. For example, you can introduce a new type of bread instead of the usual cornbread, and let your child choose the toppings and fillings they want to try.
Phase 2: Pick and Learn
Educating your child about different tastes, textures, and where food comes from is an essential part of building a positive relationship with food. In this phase, we encourage you to explore the science of taste with your child. Let them experience and experiment with different flavors, and discuss where their food comes from. You can even consider growing your own vegetables together as a fun and educational activity.
Phase 3: Discover and Make
Cooking at home or packing meals for school can be an enjoyable experience for both parents and children. In this phase, we encourage you to bring joy into mealtimes by involving your child in the cooking process. Let them discover the joy of making their own meals and snacks. You can start small by introducing them to baking at home or involving them in the process of steaming or marinating their favorite foods.
Phase 4: Adapt and Grow
As you progress through the 5-phase programme, it's essential to monitor your child's interests and stick to the habits they enjoy. Observe what ingredients and flavor combinations excite them and communicate more to bring them closer to new and exciting foods. For example, if your child shows an interest in baking, consider adding new ingredients to the baking process to keep things fresh and exciting.
Phase 5: Introduce and Share
In the final phase, we encourage you to empower your child to share their food journey with others. Organize a small gathering or playdate where they can showcase the creative dishes they've tried and learned to prepare. Let them lead the way and inspire their friends to try new foods as well. Empowering your child to take charge of their food choices can build their confidence and make mealtimes a more positive and enjoyable experience.