This post is about carrots, but it could have just as easily been about peas. Or watermelon.
Exploring food is so counterintuitive. Usually we focus on eating. And when we do get around to exploring, most of us, myself included, can only readily think about the obvious. You might think of touching a carrot peel, but smell it? Peas might evoke rolling, but playing float/sink? And watermelon. How about digging a hole down the center?
Exploring food away from the table is THE solution to expanding kids’ repertoire of acceptable foods.
Perhaps you’ve heard me say this once or twice! Three reasons:
- Eliminate pressure by eliminating any expectation of eating.
- Build up child’s database of food facts so more foods are known quantities.
- Exploration engages children’s natural curiosity because it is FUN.
Here are 42 ways to explore carrots.
If you can think of other ways, please share them in the comments.
For more ways to explore, check out The Super Food Explorer Kit.
~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~