I know that texturally, many of the green leaves are challenging, but I want to make a special petition on behalf of spinach. I get that it has low street cred and that for many children it seems like the last thing that may get accepted. But I have seen too many wins with it to let it fall into the ‘no, never’ pile.
When my boys were little lettuce was a no and I get that. It’s sort of flaccid and mushes in the mouth. Raw spinach does not. Its texture is not bad because it doesn’t go soft and mushy, in fact, it’s quite firm and chewy. I started my boys on salad via spinach.
Part of bringing spinach onto the popular list is making it look more appealing. And this is where spinach rocks. Baby spinach leaves and a pair of scissors, a sharp knife or metal cookie cutters and you’re away.
Do we have to cut letters for every meal, no. But if creating a J for James or a T for Taylor Swift works then why not? Having that one little, letter or symbol available increases the chances that the spinach will be accepted, at least on the plate or maybe even the pizza (logoed pizza!).
Learning to eat is a long process and made of many experiences. Marketing can play a big part in how successful our efforts are!!
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.
Judith is also mum to two boys and is the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/