While it may be tempting to send your child out the door with untested foods in their backpack, the school lunch period is not the best time for such experimentation. John Hopkins Medicine explains that it can take many tries before a child likes a new food, so they might not eat the lunch you’ve prepared. Moreover, lunch periods are short, and your child may opt to spend free time eating the food that is familiar — and playing with friends, instead.
The best time to introduce new foods is at home; however, it’s best not to force any food upon your child. Momables writes that children can feel a lot of pressure, and this might bias them against the food. Instead, be very descriptive about new foods being presented — even when serving fruit for dessert — so there is less surprise when new ingredients appear on the table. “The last thing you should ever try to do is to make your child a foodie,” Anthony Bourdain told Esquire. “Nothing could be more annoying or futile.” In other words, do the exact opposite of sending children to school with unfamiliar recipes.