Fussy eating, is it just timing?

A lot of mums I see and know are very concerned with their children’s vegetable consumption. It’s a bit of a point of contention between mum and toddler and can get quite heated at times.


One of the things that we do habitually is serve our main meal (with vegetables) at dinnertime and a lighter (less vegetable heavy) meal like a sandwich at lunch. I know for me it’s about ease when I serve the sanga for lunch but I’m sure there are lots of other reasons for this too. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with sandwiches for lunch but the problem is this. Most kids eat more and are more open to trying new things at lunchtime.


Lunchtime is generally good territory for toddlers and preschoolers because they are not nearing bedtime, not jazzed up by mums stress trying to cook dinner while willing husband/partner to walk through the bleeding door, and not fed up with things that have happened throughout the day. So when you serve up fussy toddler’s dinner of beautifully prepared vegetables at this time, you are sometimes already starting on the back foot.


If you find your child not eating their vegetables, try not to get stressed, because it may purely just be that they are not in the right frame of mind for doing something they know mum is intent on them doing. Bringing vegetables into the lunchtime and even breakfast meal is a good way to try getting them at the right time for trying new or previously disliked foods.


I don’t want you to be cooking up main meals at lunch and dinner but you can easily put leftovers in the fridge or freezer of the main meal ready to serve them at lunch when they are brighter, happier and more “pliable” little beings.


Now here’s the disclaimer. I’m not saying that this will work for every kid, and for most fussy eaters it will probably not work the first few times. BUT if you’ve got a fussy eater who is resisting eating their veggies already, you are not going to be any worse off trying something different are you?


So have a go at making the switch and serve your main type meal at lunch and see if it makes a difference!


Happy feeding


The Dietitian Mummy


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