Being a fussy eater is a normal developmental stage in young children. As they grow older you will both become familiar with their favourite foods and their not-so-favourite foods. But dealing with a fussy eater can make this time seem like a million years away. We’ve done our research and created this simple cheat-sheet to entice your children into loving meal time.

Involve them in the process

Groceries: For some parents, the weekly shop is a dreaded experience. Involving them in the shopping process will not only keep them busy, but will make them eager to try their selections too. Allowing them to pick out colourful produce will help your child become excited about eating their finds. This is also a great learning tool. Ask them the name of the item they have picked and see if they know.
Meal Planning: Sitting down prior to leaving and asking your children what they would like to eat for the next week can help you get an understanding of their current tastes. This allows you time to work fresh produce into your recipes.
Cooking: Let them help with simple tasks in the kitchen, like washing vegetables, so they will be proud of the meal they have helped create and hopefully gobble down.

A little trickery

Hiding Produce: Hiding produce in your recipes is the oldest trick in the book. You can add endless diced vegetables into pasta sauces, meatballs and rissoles. Letting them build their own burger with a homemade patty (packed with veggies) and salad will sure to have them eager to eat up! Or create pasta out of vegetables (such as zucchini) by using a spiral grater and adding sauce.
Tasting Platters: Tasting platters are great for children who tend to graze throughout the day or even for a fun dinner party with the rest of the family. Lay out a couple of platters with sliced fruit, vegetables, boiled eggs, slices of cheese and other nutritious morsels, and allow them to choose their own food, all while exploring new tastes and textures.
Create Art: Decorate the plate in beautiful displays to wow your kids. You can create a simple smiley face, a stickman or even their favourite cartoon character. Click here for some great food art ideas.
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Looking for somewhere to take the family? Check out these restaurants in the Northern Rivers!

The Middle Pub

Founded in 1904, The Middle Pub has been dubbed ‘the best little pub in the world’ by Mullumbimby locals. Their menu boasts more than 20 option’s with their adult meals being only $15 while kids meals are only $6. Come down on a Saturday night to enjoy live music or even a game of pool. This historic venue, holds regular weekly entertainment, including jam nights and sports on the big screen. Stay the night in one of their rooms or just pop down to see the crew for dinner and some fun.
Where: 46 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby NSW 2482

Federal Hotel

Pop down to the family friendly Federal Hotel Tavern for a modern twist on classic pub food. Kids meals include soft drink and ice-cream while adults can enjoy a range of steaks, salads, burgers and vegetarian options. If you’re a local or staying in town, call ahead and book a courtesy bus. If the kid’s are out of your hair for the night, enjoy a night in their beer garden and enjoy a range of chilled beer and fine wine at the Federal Hotel.
Where: 77 Main Street, Alstonville NSW 2477


Do you have a trick to get your fussy eater eating? Tell us in the comments below!