Freshly squeezed juice
I love this as an activity for fussy eaters:
– If a child already enjoys oranges it’s fun.
– If they drink juice but won’t eat an orange it’s a great interim step to encourage a child to be more comfortable around the fruit.
– If a child doesn’t drink juice it’s a good activity to build general comfort around fruit.
– If touching fruit is a challenge then being involved in whatever way is a first step.
I used a hand juicer, but you can equally well roll the fruit between your hands to soften first, and then cut in half and squeeze.
Interaction is a great way to build comfort. You can:
– Rub the skin and see how it smells.
– Cut the orange in different ways and see what it looks like inside.
– Peel the orange and see the segments.
– Scrape out the flesh and fill the skin with jelly (or ice cream or yoghurt).
– Play games with the orange. Hey, it’s round 😉
Judith, MA Cantab, is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/