Tasting lesson

Eating is a primary need, but it is also a moment for enjoyment. The appreciation of food is an acquired skill, and adults are responsible for transmitting this enjoyment from eating to their children since it plays a key role in their nutritional balance. Food should never be used as a reward ("if you're well-behaved, you'll get a treat"), punishment ("you won't leave the table until your plate is clean"), or as a guilt trip ("think about the children dying of hunger, so stop playing with your food").

Below are a few simple tips to encourage a child to taste and discover new foods.

Engage the child

Children are often very curious. Utilise their insatiable curiosity to interest them in vegetables. The more opportunities they have to handle this food group, the more familiar they will be with the various shapes and colours vegetables come in. With our ready-to-eat products, cooking becomes child's play.

I'm the one responsible

A little water, a little earth and a whole lot of love. Your children will marvel at nature's beauty. How can you not feel proud of having grown the mint leaves or cherry tomatoes to accompany their Florette vegetables?

Vary the preparations

Vegetables display different flavours and odours depending on whether they are prepared raw, cooked warm or cold. Altering the presentation will allow your child to discover and rediscover our selection of vegetables. For example, our spinach shoots can be prepared raw, mixed into salads, pan fried or served as a garnish.

Give it some bite

Children are often attracted to textures that are crunchy rather than soft. Our crunchy lettuce hearts or Iceberg lettuce leaves will add the little extra that makes all the difference. Begin by a few leaves without dressing, laid out in the plate next to your little one's favourite dish, just for a taste!

Take a creative break

Like adults, children's eating experiences start with their eyes. Play with colours to amuse both young and old alike. Children, all of whom are budding artists, will be swayed by the aesthetics of the plate's contents. Play to the fantasy by preparing plates in the form of a character or image. After all, eating stimulates the imagination as well.

Dress rehearsal

To get used to a new type of food, children need to taste it between 5 and 15 times. Without ever forcing them to finish, keep proposing the new item time and again. It may be associated with a food he or she already likes. Take broccoli for example, melt some cheese on top of it, serve it steamed with a touch of butter, in the oven with various seasonings and herbs, include it in lasagne, or make a broccoli purée.

Set the stage beforehand

A simple staging effort can go a long way! In serving your child as if he/she were a patron at a gastronomic restaurant, you'll be building a reassuring atmosphere to more easily taste your sampler of gourmet dishes. For optimal effect, you can even name your dishes, like: "lamb's lettuce for princess" or "special muscle boy’s potato gratin".

Remember it is counter-productive to force them, so prefer smaller portions and avoid waste; also, your child will be less overwhelmed by the size of the serving. Vegetables will be more readily appreciated if your child can more easily identify them and if only one new item is presented at a time! Success rates will be higher around a family meal or if his/her best friend also gets a taste.