How To Overcome Fussy Eating: Fun Family Kitchen Easter Adventures

Are you tired of mealtime battles with your picky eater? Frustrated with trying to get them to try new foods? Fear not! We have some egg-citing solutions that will turn mealtime woes into joyful experiences for the whole family. By incorporating fun activities like baking and involving everyone in the process, you can encourage even the fussiest of eaters to explore new flavours and textures.

Easter-Themed Baking: A Delicious Solution

This Easter season, why not try some festive baking with your little one? Baking together not only creates cherished family memories but also provides an opportunity to introduce new foods in a fun and non-intimidating way. One delightful recipe to try is our Mini Easter Cheesecakes. These bite-sized treats are not only adorable but also customizable to suit your fussy eater’s preferences. Click here for the recipe!

Easter-Themed Healthy Baking Ideas:

1. Carrot Cake Muffins:

Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 cup grated carrots
    • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple (in juice, drained)
    • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 175°C and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, carrots, pineapple, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Add eggs, Greek yogurt, and applesauce to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

2. Banana Berry Oatmeal Bars:

Ingredients:

      • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
      • 2 cups rolled oats
      • 1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
      • 2 tbsp chia seeds
      • 1 tsp cinnamon
      • 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 175°C and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas, oats, berries, chia seeds, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
  • Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

3. Greek Yogurt Berry Parfaits:

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries)
  • Granola or crushed nuts

Instructions:

  • In serving glasses or jars, layer Greek yogurt with mixed berries and granola or crushed nuts.
  • Repeat layers until glasses are filled.
  • Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a few extra berries.
  • Serve chilled.

These healthy Easter-themed baking ideas are not only delicious but also nutritious, providing a balance of essential nutrients while satisfying your family’s sweet tooth. Enjoy these guilt-free treats as part of your holiday celebration.

Key Strategies for Food Acceptance:

  1. Make it Fun: Turn mealtime into a playful experience by involving your fussy eater in the cooking process. Let them decorate their own mini cheesecakes with colourful toppings or create fun shapes with cookie cutters.
  2. Get the Whole Family Involved: Encourage siblings or other family members to join in the baking fun. When children see others enjoying new foods, they’re more likely to give them a try themselves.
  3. Offer Variety: Incorporate a variety of flavours and textures into your Easter-themed baking. From tart berries to creamy cheesecake, there’s something for every palate to explore.
  4. Incorporating Playful Food Activities: Explore creative ways to engage your picky eater in food-related activities beyond baking. Consider organizing a family-friendly cooking competition, setting up a DIY pizza-making station, or creating edible art using fruits and vegetables.

By infusing creativity and excitement into mealtime, you can empower your fussy eater to become more adventurous with food. So, this Easter, gather your loved ones, roll up your sleeves, and let the baking begin! With these fun and delicious recipes, mealtime struggles will be a thing of the past.

Remember, patience is key, and small victories should be celebrated. With each bite taken and each new food explored, you’re one step closer to overcoming fussy eating challenges and fostering a healthy relationship with food for your child.

Happy baking and happy eating!

 

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Written by Dr Kirsty Porter, Children’s Dietitian. 

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