Everyone has various tenets when it comes to raising children. For us, it’s encouraging the children to try new foods when we do our regular ‘Saturday night dinner’ at a local restaurant. Having children that are willing to try new foods, new flavors and get adventurous with dinner is something that’s important to both Jamie and I.
Armed with the knowledge that a new flavor or food must be tried at least ten times to get an actual bearing on whether it’s favorable or not, we encourage the kids to try new foods frequently. It doesn’t have to be a lot, they don’t have to finish a plate but we usually order something new for an appetizer, or have them try something that we’re ordering. Not surprising, 9 times out of 10, they like it.
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Over the weekend, it was shrimp, something that we’ve revisited a handful of times. I’ve learned they prefer coconut shrimp and tempura, to shrimp seasoned for fish tacos. For the first time this weekend, Violet finished an order of shrimp.
International Sushi Day
In celebration of National Sushi Day on June 18, we’re talking sushi, at one of our staple quick meal stops, Edo Japan.
When was the last time that you introduced something new to your children? On the way home from running errands the other night, we grabbed Edo for the kids. In addition to the couple of kids meals (the kids love that they come with Ninja tattoos), I asked Jamie to order a cucumber roll for them to share, seeing another opportunity to try something new.
As usual, Violet was more receptive to new flavors and finished a piece. Olivia, took the obligatory one bite and decided that she didn’t like it. An acquired taste, I didn’t expect the kids to finish the entire order (instead I finished it) but I was happy they tried the roll. It’s that first taste that often leads to a first bite, and the first bite that leads to two bites and two bites to lead to children that are adventurous with their food choices in the future.
International Sushi Day is the perfect excuse to try something new. Edo Japan is known for their friendly, non-raw Sushi such as their Dynamite, California or Signature Sukiyaki Beef rolls…great if you’re wanting your kids to try new flavours that are easy to introduce.
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