There are three reasons for creating this apple salad for fussy eaters:
1. Often finding enough foods to fill up our child is a challenge. Having some additional things like fruit to eat can help get the tummy full.
2. We would love our child to eat salad but it’s just not happening. Adding some apple, if it’s familiar, may make the lettuce (or other salad item) more palatable.
3. Serving the same foods over and over is boring for everyone. Being able to introduce some new options to the tired favourites is a win. Hence, new combinations!
If our child is very uncomfortable around food, then perhaps the apple and the lettuce need to be side-by-side rather than mixed.
If our child is able to pick the apple out, then that’s great.
Whether the apple and the lettuce are mixed or separate, we are still showing our child that the two foods go together, plus building a familiarity with the lettuce.
Judith 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