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Fresh Baby
Raising Healthier Eaters

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Encouraging Your Child to Appreciate Their Taste Buds
by Cheryl Tallman, www.freshbaby.com

Encouraging healthy eating is about balance - even when it comes to taste. Here are a few tips that can help you expand or improve the balance in your child's taste buds.

Experiment with Tastes:
Allow your child to experience and identify the four unique tastes that make up flavor - sweet, salty, sour, bitter. Taste small amounts of different ingredients to identify which taste category they belong to. This can be a fun kitchen activity when preparing dinner!

Stay Balanced:
Good taste is a balancing act. Include a variety of tastes in your meals and encourage your child to try all foods. Experiencing the same tastes all the time is not a path to healthy eating.

Ask Them and Talk About It:
When you hear "that's yummy!" or "Yuck - that's terrible!" - ask which flavor is best or bothering. The more you understand your child's taste preferences the easier to guide (and expand) their food choices.

Sweet Tendency:
Both breast milk and formula are sweet. It is the first taste we develop and as a result we're already "off balance" when we begin eating foods. It is believed the earlier you introduce your child to other tastes, the better chance you have of keeping a "sweet tooth" from overpowering the taste buds.


So Easy Toddler FoodAbout the author:
Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

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