3. Enjoyment

There's the age old 'finish your plate' myth, which I don't actually agree with. I think that when you're full, you should simply stop eating. Children should follow their natural appetites too. Allowing children to try different fruits and vegetables and to appreciate the shape and texture of them is also important.

Of course, when you first introduce what to you looks like a delicious plate of spinach or sprouts, chances are they're going to turn their noses up in disgust. Try to introduce new foods at the beginning of meal times when they're hungry and more likely to give their taste buds a chance. And don't fret if they hate the new food you're trying to introduce, just try again in a few days or try mixing vegetables into other meals, like their favourite pasta sauce.

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