Teaching taste is simply teaching your child to accept a variety of healthy foods that are full of flavor, color, aroma, and texture. In today’s fast paced world full of fast food and hectic schedules it is easy to teach our children to prefer the taste of sweet and salty. But I want something different for our children. I want them to enjoy food and get excited about it.
Every parent, including myself, will spend countless hours teaching letters and numbers to their child. But, how many of us actually teach our children to taste food or to prefer healthy flavors? Teaching taste is just as important as ABCs and 123s because it sets the foundation for healthy eating habits.
TEACHING TASTE DEFINED- THE 4 PRINCIPLES
- Exposing the child to a variety of fresh foods that are full of flavor, color, aroma, and texture.
- Teaching taste requires patience, love, observation, trust, respect, creativity, and communication.
- Teaching children to recognize and appropriately respond to their natural feelings of hunger and fullness.
- Maximize nutrient absorption to build powerful brains, tough immune systems, dense bones and strong muscles.
I understand feeding your infant and children can be overwhelming and intimidating. When I was a first time mother, I experienced anxiety at this very thought. I knew the choices I made would ultimately impact her health and life-long eating habits. I also knew that feeding an infant requires a lot more than nutrition. It requires patience, love, observation, trust, respect, creativity and communication.
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Cooking with Clancy is not just a food blog. It is a trusted resource providing opportunities to teach taste, creating a positive feeding environment, and maximizing nutrient absorption. The posts will lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy and affordable meals. It will teach you how to reduce mealtime stress and give you peace of mind that your child is not just growing but thriving.