using hunger as your ally

I’ve already explained that our bodies are designed to live with the ebb and flow of hunger and fullness. Allowing hunger and an appetite to build up in between meals and snacks is a good thing physiologically. It’s also a benefit when introducing new foods. Children who have worked up an appetite are more willing to try new foods.

Start of the Meal

Karen LeBillon is a North American who moved to France with her husband and 2 young children. She noticed a vast difference between the way French and North American people approach feeding children. In her book “Getting to Yum,” Karen highlights how the French eat their meals in courses. They always start with a veggie dish: either a salad in summer or a warm soup in winter. The start of the meal is when we are most hungry so this is a great habit to adopt to introduce your children to new and more veggies. Start with a veggie-only course!

Hungriest Time of the Day

Some children have a time or meal at which they are much hungrier than others. Use this meal to introduce a new food… even if it’s breakfast! Serve it alongside one of their usual breakfast foods. Your child might feel more adventurous in trying a new food when they are most hungry.

Reflection:

Is there a meal or snack time at which your child is generally hungrier than others?