Eat a little slower
It takes time for our brains to register we’re full, so try to eat more slowly. If you’re eating with friends or family try pacing yourself to the slowest eater.
Just a mouthful
If you’re worried about picky eaters not getting a balanced diet, encourage them to try a mouthful of everything on the plate, rather than all of it. You might find they try more things that way.
Focus on your food
Eating distractedly, such as in front of the TV, means we eat more without noticing or even enjoying it. Swap the TV for the table.
Give them less to start with - they can always ask for seconds. You’ll have less waste and they won’t eat too much.
Super start your day
Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast. If you have a healthy breakfast in the morning you’re less likely to want to snack before lunch.
Get the kids involved
Let the kids watch you serve the meals. This way they’re more likely to understand the different portion sizes for different ages.
If the kids say they’re hungry while you’re cooking, try giving them a glass of water or juice to fill the gap rather than a snack that could ruin their appetite.
Aim to feel satisfied
Try eating just one plate of food and don’t go back for seconds.
Clear plate conundrums
Don’t worry if they don’t clear their plate. If they say they’re full, the chances are, they are full!
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