Despite the fact that organic meat from naturally-raised cattle and sheep has fantastic health benefits and tastes succulent and yummy, some fussy eaters might still turn their noses up at a plate with beef or lamb on it.
Kids are notoriously fussy eaters, which can be frustrating for parents trying to ensure their kids get the best vitamins and nutrients (such as the omega-3 in organic, grass-fed meat). However, there are certain tricks to try that could help you succeed in showing your kids that organic meat is a fantastic dinner option.
Here are just some of the ways to encourage your child to try organic meat:
Introduce it more than once
At times, getting your child to try a new food can be a struggle. According to Better Health Victoria, Australian research has shown that some children may need to be offered food up to 10 times before they agree to try it, and approximately 50 per cent of toddlers refuse food the first time they are offered it. Don’t be put off if your child refuses to eat organic meat at first, as there are always opportunities to re-introduce it later on.
Get kids involved in food preparation
According to Nutrition Australia, getting your child involved in preparing dinner can make them more likely to enjoy eating the food. Give them jobs such as setting the table or washing vegetables for a salad.
Offer small amounts
Young stomachs require snacks throughout the day and children often lose their appetite when they become toddlers, according to Early Childhood Australia. A large portion of meat could be overwhelming and could also pose a choking risk, so serve organic meat in small portions or dice meat up into bite-sized pieces.
Above all, try not to stress. It’s not the end of the world if your child rejects some food at dinnertime, and stress is likely to worsen the situation. Stay calm and enjoy your own delicious organic meat – kids might take your lead!