How to Help Your Kids Be More Adventurous Eaters
“Save me a bite!” six-year-old Dorothy proclaimed.
We were on Round #4 of “Pass the Dessert” around the restaurant table, and she wanted to ensure she got her fair share.
This wasn’t just any dessert, though. It was a small ramekin of Pastel de Tres Leches at a hole-in-the-wall Nicaraguan restaurant in Miami, Florida.
The traditional Central American fare we enjoyed that afternoon, which included this dessert, was the first of many internationally-influenced cuisines our kids sampled while in the Magic City. We also ate Cuban-French fusion, enjoyed cups of Italian gelato, revisited favorite German dishes, and dined on Columbian food. In the few days we visited Miami, our girls learned that the city was much more than simply sun and sand.
When it comes to eating, we’re often told that our kids have great palates. While they certainly love their share of “kid foods” such as macaroni, chicken fingers, and pizza, they also eagerly eat dishes such as sushi, green curry, sauerbraten, and smoked salmon, cream cheese, and caper crepes.
How have we helped teach our kids, ranging in ages six to twelve, to regularly try new and unusual foods?