As much as we would love to know that all the work placed into menu planning, purchasing grocery’s, meal prepping, cooking and serving would be rewarded with the whole family eating a substantial nutritious meal, this only occurs on a rare occasion.
Throughout our early learning journey many families have expressed issues with having children participate in eating a full dinner, leaving not only meal times stressful but, children wanting snacks before bed or not sleeping through the night and parents/carers worried about adequate nutrition.
Our educators have listened and found some wonderful books that they share with the children and have had positive feedback with regards to some of the fussiest eaters expressing interest and even trying new foods in care and at home.
Piranhas Don’t eat Banana’s
By Aaron Blabey
A cheeky easy to read book about a Piranha called Brian who is a vegetarian, a rhyming adventure through all different foods and wonderful child humour. Children learn this book quickly and will enjoy possibly trying the foods that are suggested.
by Mitchell Sharmat
Gregory is a goat who loves fruits, vegetables, eggs and fish, rather than typical goat fair of tires, cans, and t-shirts. Kids will find it hilarious that Gregory’s parents don’t want him to eat his fruits and veggies and instead want him to eat trash. Instead of being told what’s healthy, the kids will be pointing it out themselves in this book of silly role reversals.
by Lauren Child
A witty book on perspective. Lola won’t eat healthy foods until her brother creatively renames them, calling carrots Orange Twiglets from Jupiter, and mashed potatoes Pointy Peaks of Mount Fugi. After reading, have your students come up with other creative fun names for commonly disliked foods or write a story about a time they ate something new and were surprised by its taste.
by Sarah A. Creighton
“The Boy Who Loved Broccoli” is a humorous tale about Baxter, a boy who enjoys eating broccoli so much that it gives him super powers. After jumping over mountains and splashing through lakes, he goes on to perform superhero good deeds and convinces others to indulge in the delicious green veggie, only to find out that they become filled with super powers as well. Find out what happens next when Baxter finds himself in a bit of trouble!
by Dr. Seuss
How could I leave out the classic children’s story on overcoming food objections? A bit of creative food dying – Check out this recipe (https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/recipe-green-eggs-and-ham/) for Green eggs and ham and you have children delighting in eating their own green eggs and ham. The power of books can be amazing!
If all else fails a lot of the recipes that we use in our services come from a wonderful cook book called
By Jessica Seinfeld
These recipes are easy to make if you prepare some of the vegetables in advance and do a wonderful job of including not only vegetables into child friendly food but taste amazing also! Not even adults will notice Beetroot in the chocolate cake!
Healthy Reading and Eating,
Suzanne ParkerGeneral Manager Owner