Making Kids’ Meals More Appetizing

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Kids adopt their parents’ preferences on many fronts, but when it comes to how food is presented on a plate, children have definite opinions, and these impact what they eat. According to a study published in the January issue of Acta Paediatrica (101 (1), 61-66), the nut definitely falls far from the tree when it comes to plating.
The study found that children tended to prefer seven different items and six different colors on their ideal plates, while adults tended to prefer three different colors and three different items.
Try this the next time you feed your kid something for lunch or a snack.  I did it with my two grandchildren (one of them is very picky) and they loved it!  They actually ate it!
• Whole grain bread
• Broccoli
• Hardboiled egg
• One black olive
• Tomato
• Yellow pepper
For more information on making kids’ food more appetizing, contact Maurie Cofman, C.E.S. Certified Personal Trainer in St. Louis.