Many children are able to scoff pizza, many others aren’t!
It’s a great social food to master so I love showing children how to do this. You may not know this, but I spent quite a while teaching super selective eaters how to eat, and pizza was always on the list.
As selective eaters are generally very comfortable with carbohydrates it is a shorter step to a pizza than you may think.
Here I’m starting with a wrap but of course we can use any base that our child is comfortable with.
Moving from left to right, top to bottom of the photo:
1. When I’m thinking anything, I’m thinking small. Here I’d be starting with the ‘world’s smallest pizza’. I cut this with scissors before putting it into the oven.
If our child can only manage it plain, calling it a pizza is still really helpful as it starts the thinking.
2. If none of the traditional toppings are a win at the moment, then using the favourite spread is an OK first step. But we are cooking in the oven, making it into a triangle or mini circle, referring to it as a pizza.
3. Cheese. It doesn’t have to be mozzarella and it doesn’t have to be melted. Meet our child where they are at.
4. Tomato paste. But ketchup is fine to start or sliced cherry tomatoes if they are on the menu. Again, what rocks for our child? Here I am thinking the tiny triangle rather than the big triangle too.
5. What else may be a win from our child’s limited menu? I know a girl who has pineapple and jam. Here I’m using some kernels from the corn cob. Sometimes there are foods in our child’s menu that could go on a pizza. If it’s not a ‘traditional’ option that’s okay too.
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.