Little Kids React Hilariously When They're Asked To Try New Foods Like Sushi, Kale Smoothie, And Avocado
- Seven-year-olds from Yorkshire nervously nibble trendiest health foods
- One girl looks at corgetti and asks: ‘Do you think I’m going to eat that?’
- Some stick out tongues but others are pleasantly surprised in new video
- Poll shows a third of parents make multiple meals for children each night
- Cardiff mum-of-two even cooks different pasta shapes for her twins
Kids are known for being fussy eaters, much to the frustration of beleaguered parents.
So when six seven-year-olds from Athelstan Community Primary School in Yorkshire dared to try some of the trendiest health foods on camera, their reactions were priceless.
They nibbled at sushi, cautiously ate avocado, and sipped kale smoothies in a video posted to YouTube.
Some stuck out their tongues, others said ‘ugh!’, and one girl asked: ‘Do you seriously think I’m going to eat that?’
But not every food went down like a lead balloon.
Though sushi divided the pairs, one boy called Jamie was delighted when he was presented with the Japanese cuisine.
And his partner Ruby loved pomegranate, passion fruit and a green juice smoothie made from applies, spinach, kale and African superfood baobab.
The video starts with blonde-haired Rhys and his friend Lacey, who wears a plait, looking at the green juice nervously.
Alfie and Annabelle, both seven, were the least impressed pair of the six, with the girl sticking out her tongue in disgust when she was presented with salmon and duck sushi
Rhys and Lacey, both seven, peer at avocado on toast, but only Lacey is brave enough to try it. Quite the character, she irritably tells her partner: ‘It’s wonderful’
‘I don’t want to try it!’ Rhys exlaims. But as Lacey bravely takes a sip, he asks: ‘Is it good?’
Trying to reassure him, she replies: ‘It’s apple smoothie.’ But he doesn’t look convinced and asks: ‘Are you sure?’
Later, they’re greeted with a plate of corgetti with pesto. Looking unimpressed, Lacey cries ‘Ugh!’ while the boy just shakes his head and says: ‘Nope’.
When she’s recollected herself, she says: ‘That’s disgusting, do you seriously think I’m going to eat that?’
She then sniffs it and holds her nose.
Annebelle holds a lychee fruit aloft, and asks: ‘Are there any baby wipes?’ Alfie isn’t impressed either with the fruit platter
But the children didn’t hate everything. Red-haired Jamie, seven, loved the sushi, as did his partner Ruby, seven
She’s much more impressed with a plate of avocado on toast, jumping up and down and saying: ‘I love it!’
Lacey is clearly quite the character as when Rhys asks her what it tastes like, she just rolls her eyes and replies irritably: ‘It’s wonderful’.
Despite the fruit ranking as the least-liked food among children according to restaurant discount scheme the Gourmet Society, it seems to be her favourite.
Another boy and girl pair called Alfie and Annabelle stick out their tongues and groan when a silver cloche reveals a plate of salmon and duck sushi.
When the blonde-haired lad gets round to trying it, he chews it reluctantly, saying: ‘That’s disgusting.’
Annabelle hides her head in her hands at the thought of eating sushi
But another pair, red-haired Jamie and friend Ruby, are far from disgusted with the Japanese delicacy. Jamie shouts ‘sushi!’ gleefully when he’s presented with the dish.
He then tucks into the rice and seaweed morsels, but seems to get a lot more down his front than in his mouth.
With a large smile, he admits: ‘I’m a messy eater.’
The lad is obviously a keen foodie as he later describes some passion fruit as being ‘like the sour of grapes’.
Ruby also likes it, and says she’s also a fan of pomegranate and the green smoothie.
Jamie seemed to get more sushi down his top than in his mouth, which made his partner Ruby giggle
Later, Alfie and Annabelle have another stab when they’re given a plate of fruit.
While the boy is happy to tuck into it, the girl refuses to try the pomegranate seeds.
‘No, I don’t want to eat that! It’s a seed, it can break your teeth,’ she squeaks.
She’s also not impressed with the lychees, and holds one at arm’s length after nibbling a corner.
‘Do we have baby wipes?’ she asks.
Cardiff mum-of-two Emily Higgins, 29, pictured with her husband Nige, 30, says she often has to make multiple meals for her family because four-year-old twins Maisie and Ruby are so picky
The video was made for restaurant discount scheme Gourmet Society after it released results of a poll which shows that more than a third of parents make multiple meals every night to cater for their children’s fussy whims.
10 FOODS CHILDREN DISLIKE THE MOST
1. Avocado (38 per cent)
2. Aubergine (37 per cent)
3. Mushrooms (36 per cent)
4. Sprouts (35 per cent)
5. Olives (34 per cent)
6. Courgette (34 per cent)
7. Onions (33 per cent)
8. Quinoa (32 per cent)
9. Celery (32 per cent)
10. Cabbage (31 per cent)
1,200 children and parents were polled by the Gourmet Society. Results ranked by the percentage of children who said they disliked a certain food.
It’s something mum-of-twins Emily Higgins, 29, knows all too well.
The Cardiff mum says: ‘Being a mum to four-year-old twins is great. That is until meal times.
‘Our girls have such different tastes when it comes to food, which often means I cook two different meals.
‘Maisie’s favourite meal is cheesy pasta. It has to be fusilli, she won’t eat penne.
‘On the odd occasion where Ruby has asked for pasta as well, I find myself cooking both fusilli and penne, as Ruby will only eat penne.
‘Then I have to separate the different types of pasta before serving it up!’
She adds: ‘I’d rather cook separate meals knowing that they enjoy what they’re eating, and that they’ll actually eat it, than cook than something they don’t want as I know they won’t enjoy it or eat a lot of it.’
The poll also found that 84 per cent of children surveyed refuse outright to try new food.
It seems these picky eaters are making life difficult for parents as 29 per cent of those quizzed will only take their kids out to dinner when absolutely necessary, such as for a birthday or wedding.
A quarter of those surveyed try and disguised disliked foods, but a third admit to just giving their children a ready meal to avoid meal time tantrums.
Rhys looks on as Lacey bravely tries the green juice smoothie, made from apples, kale, spinach and African superfood baobab
Child clinical psychologist Dr Jennie Robb, explains why children tend to be such fussy eaters.
‘Many children are cautious about change and this can include trying new foods,’ she says.
‘A culture of fussy eating develops when parents react to this caution with anxiety and begin offering multiple choices – coaxing and bribing children to eat in the way that they want them to.
‘Children pick up on this anxiety and on some level realise that they have the power to influence their parents’ behaviour.
‘Parents become more anxious about their children’s nutritional intake and unhelpful patterns emerge.
The reactions of the kids to the healthy and trendy foods were priceless. Jamie and Ruby particularly enjoyed the experience
Dr Robb offers plenty of tips for parents struggling to give their kids a variet and balanced diet.
She even says parents should be willing to let their children miss a meal if they refuse to eat the food in front of them.
She adds: ‘If parents relax more about food and have good eating habits themselves, children will follow their lead and over time children will become more adventurous.
‘If a child chooses not to eat something because they would prefer something else, this should not automatically be offered.
‘Parents should be clear about what is on offer, even if this means a child missing the odd meal.
‘There will be meals that they love and meals that are just ‘okay’.
‘Parents should also try to avoid using food as a reward for good behaviour e.g. offering sweets if children behave well.
‘Above all, meal times should be relaxed and enjoyable, and eating out should be a fun, family experience.’
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