Get your child involved when shopping for food; give him a say on it - e.g. 'Would you like oranges or mangoes?'
Get creative so meals and snack times could be really fun! Cut bread into shapes arrange carrots, tomatoes, etc., to look like a face; offer healthy dips like fruity yogurt for finger foods; use cute and colourful placemats, crockery, cutlery, etc.
Take your child on a fun outing to the source of foods like vegetable farms and fruit orchards. While young children may not fully understand the purpose, it may make them excited enough to try a new vegetable or retry a fruit they had previously rejected.
Fruit juice is healthy and 100% pure fresh fruit juice is far better than flavoured or artificial fruit drinks. If you use bottled fruit juices, dilute at least 50% in water. Make sure your child drink it up immediately, bearing in mind the potential damage to teeth that can be caused by a bottle or cup clung to the lips throughout the day!
Make smoothies with fresh fruit, milk or yogurt. Even frozen and canned fruit can be used if necessary. Children who dislike the texture of smoothies may enjoy Popsicles (ice cream potong) made from the mixture.
Set a good example and young children will ultimately follow. Try to eat a good balanced diet and eat together as a family. This is much more fun for children than eating alone!
Try to avoid junk foods as they are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Just one small nibble of junk food can completely destroy the appetite of a picky eater!