How To Deal With A Fussy Eater

Whether you know a fussy eater, or are a fussy eater, you understand how difficult it can be when sitting down for a family meal.

Here are a few tips to help yourself or those struggling to fill their plate.

 1. Gaining Interest:
Coming across new foods can be daunting. The idea of the unknown is unfamiliar and can be a serious challenge for anyone who struggles to chow through textures, flavours and even colours. The best way to try new foods is to find a strong interest in it. Question what you think it will taste like, the texture of it, even its smell.

Gaining an idea of the specific food can help reassure a fussy eater that it's not all too bad.

2. Having Good Vibes: 
Make mealtime fun.

Creating a great atmosphere can help an uncomfortable child or adult relax into their meal.

Anxiety plays a huge part in the mind of a fussy eater. As long as they are comfortable the chance of trying new foods becomes much easier.

3. Don't Add Pressure:
Pier pressure also does not help the situation. Offering them to try something once or twice is plenty of persuasions. It can be extremely hard to force a fussy eater to try something new. Repeating the same dish within a fortnight can lift the chances of them eating the ingredient.

 4. Keep It Saucy:
Adding condiments such as tomato sauce to a dish can also be a trick to help fussy eaters finish a meal. Adding a familiar flavour to something they may be uncomfortable to try is a great step towards them enjoying the food more.

5. Reward:
​​Mixing up dishes for every meal can keep a fussy eater on their toes, but turning a meal into a task can be very exhausting for both fussy eaters and those who aren't. Throwing in a meal a fussy eater enjoys once or twice a week is great. It will make them feel rewarded for trying new foods.

6. Don't Say Vegetables Are 'Healthy':
​Telling children vegetables and fruit are ‘healthy’ can send the message that anything ‘healthy’ doesn't taste nice. Instead, tell them the benefits of fruit and vegetables. It's a common mistake made in families with fussy eaters but it can be easily fixed.

7. Sectioned Food:
Divided plates are also a great way to help a fussy eater finish their serving. Seeing a huge meal on a round plate, piled up, can look like a mountain of food and can be daunting for youngsters. Having divided plates can help them section off each ingredient and also make it seem like a checklist, and not having to tackle the entire mix in one serving.

Goodness & Gosh Divided Plates

Goodness & Gosh Divided Plates

8. People with SPD 
Not only can picky eaters struggle at family meals but so can children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurological disorder that effects 1 in 20 people.
Examples include autism, sensory issue, aspergers and ADHD.
 
This disorder can effect the way they may eat, such has having to seperate their food around the plate.

In these instances this can put pressure on family members cooking for them and for larger family gatherings.
Divided plates can help people with SPD, as it separates each food from one another, helping them process what is in front of them.

9. People With Food Habits 
People with food habits such as Vegetarianism, Veganism and Pescatarianism can also struggle at the table. Especially at family dinners or events. Having their meals separate from the bunch can feel embarrassing and can subconsciously affect their eating routine and mindset about food.
Having divided plates, or simply not serving anything they can't eat is the first step towards helping them enjoy a meal.
There are plenty of vegan or vegetarian recipes to search through online. And the whole family can enjoy a delicious meal that is suitable for anyone who is fussy, allergic or chooses not eat specific foods.

10. Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe:
Thanksgiving is on its way, and times like this can become exhausting having to cater for the whole family. The one dish you won't need to worry about is the best dish of all, Pumpkin Pie.

If you're dairy-free, gluten-free or even both, a pumpkin pie might seem like a faraway dream, but with this recipe, it doesn't have to be.
This recipe will use coconut milk-based pie filling and a gluten-free crust that with its uncanny texture will have you questioning if this is just the real thing.

This pie requires just 10 ingredients, including the crust, you would never guess that this Is vegan or gluten-free, seriously!
With this easy recipe now no one has to miss out this thanksgiving.

Enjoy!

About the Author Kimberly Wilson

Kimberly has always been creative enjoying drama, science and the arts. Her hobbies include cooking, reading and visiting homewares stores to browse quality selections. Kimberly and her family spend most evenings enjoying alfresco dining and socialising with friends. She loves to entertain making fresh food, salads and sipping wine while John cooks up a great BBQ on the grill. Developing and writing about the Goodness & Gosh plates and bowls has become a true passion enabling her to share the products that she really loves and enjoy the quality presentation of the food they create.

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