10 Signs Your Child Might Be a Foodie

52596111_10157022556399725_5597617991974912_oHow many of us start out thinking we’re not going to “let” our kids become picky eaters? We introduce them to a variety of flavors and textures early on and make sure they are encouraged to try everything. You try expose them to foods from different ethnicities, then watch helplessly as they spiral into the threenager stage and will only eat mac n cheese, dino-shaped chicken nuggets, and foods that aren’t “noisy” or “squishy” and look back to their toddler years and wonder what went wrong. 

I think most of us can agree, even the most devout of foodies will have kids who go through picky phases. We just have to do our best to keep showing enthusiasm, rule out or work with any allergies or sensitivities to textures or flavors, and do our best to muddle through it, hoping for change as they get older.

My kids definitely went through picky phases. For a while my oldest wouldn’t eat beef because “it takes too long to chew.” As a toddler he LOVED broccoli and peas and spinach and then at age four he refused to eat anything that was green.

74300414_10157657696614725_5368281641905029120_oMy husband and I are both big foodies. We try to make a variety of different foods at home and now that our kids are no longer toddlers, we try our best to include them in meal planning. When we travel, what we can eat plays a big role in deciding where we go and we make a point to not eat at restaurants that we have at home. 

I’d love to think that our enthusiasm when it comes to food played a role in how un-picky our kids have become, but I know a LOT has to do with their personalities. We have plenty of foodie friends whose kids are struggling to outgrow their pickiness.

Here are my ten signs that your child may be a foodie:

1. In their head, trying new foods has become an adventure rather than a chore or something to fear. Almost ALL samples are tasted at grocery stores and Costco. Latest discovery? Pâté. Our grocery store was sampling a rosemary and duck pâté, spread on tiny, little toasts and my son literally closed his eyes and moaned during his first bite. Then he asked if we could buy some for Daddy, not knowing that Daddy already loves pâté. 

2. Ask them their favorite food and it will be something many kids (and even many adults) don’t care for or think is gross or weird. My kid? Salmon sashimi. Shoyu ahi poke (raw, marinated tuna). Deep fried chicken livers. Lengua tacos (beef tongue). Prefers pesto sauce on his pizza instead of tomato sauce too.

3. It’s library day at school and your kid checks out cookbooks instead of books about Fortnite or soccer.

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4. Their birthday is coming up and rather than ask for a party at the local trampoline park or playground, they ask for a Chopped or Iron Chef-themed party at the local grocery store that has cooking classes. 

5. “What do you want for dinner?” is followed by requests for Japanese teppanyaki, Korean BBQ, Indian curries, or Hawaiian plate lunches.

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6. Trying a new recipe? During dinner your foodie kids critique the dish with an assessment worthy of Iron Chef: “The texture is wonderful, but I think it needs to be seasoned a little more.” “I love the blend of flavors, but maybe a side of rice would be better than pasta.”

7. Foodie kid opts for summer cooking classes instead of ninja warrior camp or taekwondo camp.

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8. While on vacation you have to explain to your child that they cannot have salmon or tuna for six days straight… because there’s a mercury thing. I have actually had to have this conversation with my oldest. 

9. When having dinner at a sushi restaurant, your foodie kid ditches the family to go sit at the sushi bar and chat with the sushi chef about where the tuna came from or different ways to prepare salmon.

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10. Your foodie child skips the cereal or candy aisle at the grocery store and instead browses different spice blends and the meat counter to see what’s on sale. 

I’m so, so grateful we’ve left the picky phase with my oldest son and that we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with my youngest. Every day I count myself lucky that there are almost no foods that my kids won’t at least taste. They’re admittedly whimps when it comes to spicy foods, and there are still many vegetables that my 5yo claims he doesn’t like, but we’re getting there. Baby steps, right?? 

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