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Interview with Annabel Karmel
This week Casdon has taken over UKMums.tv to showcase the Annabel Karmel baking range for kids! Because of this we thought we would talk to Annabel Karmel herself, who told us a bit about children’s fussy eating habits.
“Most children go through a phase of fussy eating, whether it’s picking at their food before pushing their plate away, eating a few favourite foods or flatly refusing to eat at meal times. Ninety per cent of children go through at least one lengthy stage of fussy eating,” said Annabel.
We then asked Annabel how we, as parents, could impact our children’s eating habits. She said, “while it can be frustrating when a child rejects the food we give them, it’s actually the way that we deal with the situation that impacts on their eating habits. Only giving them the foods they enjoy will only escalate their fussiness and deprive them of the essential nutrients they need to grow and develop.”
Annabel’s son was a fussy eater himself and her creative ways of dealing with his eating habits led her to writing her own book. “I persisted with new foods, new recipes and creative ways to hide the good bits my son didn’t like. In fact, it was coming up with these new and novel recipes that inspired me to create my very first book - Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, which has since sold more than four million copies worldwide,” she said.
We finished by asking Annabel what her top five tips were to get fussy eaters eating! Here are her tips for you to try out at home:
1. Healthier versions of favourite dishes
A few ways I used to get my children to eat new foods was either by reward systems using stars on charts, or by making healthy versions of their favourite ‘junk food’ such as nuggets and pizzas.
2. Introduce as many foods as possible at an early age
You could try playing a game and blindfold your child before introducing a new food and asking them to guess what it is.
3. Disguise those “gruesome greens”
What kids can’t see, they can’t pick out so finely dice up your veggies and they’ll never know.
4. Perfect your presentation
Without going to unnecessary lengths, try to make your child’s food not only taste good but look good too. Make mini portions in ramekins, put chicken on skewers or thread bite-sized pieces of fruit onto a straw.
5. Let kids assemble their own food
Children like to help construct their own food, so lay ingredients out in bowls and let your child fill and fold their own wraps or choose their favourite toppings for their homemade pizzas.