Do You Know Your Children's Food Love Languages?

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Many of you know that I am a total geek about languages (ok, and food). It’s always been my jam (no pun intended) to be able to pick up languages quickly and remember the new sounds and words.


Would it surprise you to know that I consider cooking a kind of language? It might be a stretch for you to imagine this, but hear me out…:)

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Why Do We Cook?

The ultimate goal of any language is to be able to be comfortable when communicating with others in a new language. So many of us stop along the way to this satisfying result because it can feel so darn awkward and infantile. When you are trying on a new language, not knowing how to express that you are hungry or thirsty or in need of a loo can transform even the most confident among us into feeling like a baby.

 

Think for a moment about how you feel about cooking. Do you feel nervous about adding ingredients together, or maybe you are reluctant to even step foot in the kitchen because you have this idea that you can't cook. 

 

The goal of cooking for many of us, is to be able to walk into the kitchen (language parallel: new country) and feel confident preparing something we will enjoy eating (language parallel: communicating something another person understands). We want to be able to negotiate unexpected obstacles like not having an ingredient that the recipe calls for (language parallel: needing to answer a question you don’t understand).
 

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Do You Know Your Children's Food Love Languages?

Not with me yet? It’s ok. What we as parents want more than anything is to be able to provide healthy food that will nourish our children and which they will actually eat and not fight us about.

What helps me with figuring out what to feed my child is to understand her food love language (i.e. taste profile). Because I know that she loves crunchy foods and cringes at mushy foods, I opt for raw vegetables rather than cooked. I know that she loves carbs and fish and finds eating chicken wings and drumsticks too much work to enjoy.

Do you know your children’s food languages? Here are a few questions to help you understand their food love languages, and you can avoid the stress of preparing foods for them that they refuse to eat.
 

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Does This Sound Like Your Kids?

1) Do your children prefer sweet foods? If they like sweetness in their foods, they’ll probably enjoy bananas, melons, mangoes, carrots, cucumbers, corn, lentils, milk, eggs, rice, cashews, almonds and more.

 

2) Do your children prefer salty foods? If they like the taste of salt in their foods, they’ll probably enjoy celery, seaweed, cottage cheese, tuna and soy sauce.

 

3) Do your children prefer sour foods? If so, they’ll probably enjoy grapefruit, other citrus fruits, tamarind, tomatoes, pickles, sourdough bread, olives, anchovies, sauerkraut, kimchee, sour cream, cheese, yogurt and more.

 

4) Do your children prefer foods like garlic, leeks, onions, raw spinach, radishes, turnips, mustard, cardamom, ginger and black pepper? This taste profile is known as “pungent” in Ayurveda, which is an ancient Indian holistic health practice.

 

5) Do your children prefer foods like sesame seeds, eggplant, kale, leafy greens, dark chocolate, turmeric, cumin and coffee? This is likely a very small portion of children’s preferences, and foods like these are considered the “bitter” taste profile in Ayurveda.

 

6) Do your children prefer foods like apples, plantains, cranberries, pomegranate, avocado, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, raw carrots, green beans, lettuce, potatoes, pasta, beans, popcorn, chicken (breast/wing) and vanilla? This taste profile is referred to as “astringent” in Ayurveda and mostly resembles my best girl’s love language.

If you’d like to learn more about Ayurveda, you can read this article:

I hope that I've helped to give you some insight into the kinds of foods your children are more likely to embrace once you know their food love language. 

Did you identify at least 1 new food that you can try with your gang? Comment below and tell me which one!