We’re living in a global society! Technology like the internet and our ability to travel the world with relative ease means more and more cultures are interacting on a daily basis. Introducing your children to difference cultures can help prepare them to be good citizens to the world. One of the best ways to introduce new cultures is through their food. However, some kids are pickier than others. So how can you introduce foreign foods to even the pickiest little eaters in your home? Our home chef in Los Angeles has some great tips!
Introducing Kids to New Foods
Set a Good Example
Kids love to emulate the adults around them. If they see you being excited to try new food, chances are they will be much more open to the experience as well. A positive attitude about new food goes a long way, and although it isn’t a foolproof way to ensure that they’ll be gobbling down new foods at every meal, it’s certainly a good place to start.
Take It Slow
Any kid could resist a table full of strange-looking dishes, but if you introduce something new next to one of their old favorites, they may be more willing to give it a try. Pair their favorite chicken nuggets with a new dish and encourage them to at least try a bite. Avoid requiring them to finish all of it; a few bites will be enough to tell them if they like it or not and set a precedent that trying new things is a good idea. If they flatly refuse, let it go; you can always try again another day or even wait until they are older.
Make it Fun
Try increasing the excitement about trying new foods by making it into a theme night. Dress up in traditional clothing, print out some artwork, talk about interesting traditions of the culture, and cap it all off with a traditional meal from that culture. This works best for older kids, but it’s a great way to help them learn about new cultures while creating some amazing family memories at the same time.
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