Mum hailed as ‘genius’ for serving her children pudding the same time as dinner
A mum and nutritionist has explained why she always serves her children dessert at the same time as their main meal in the evening – and parents say it's "genius".
In a TikTok video, Emily Dingmann says she serves a child-sized portion (like a single cookie) with the meal so her kids don't learn to associate sweets as a treat.
The mum, who often gives food-related parenting advice, says: "I serve dessert with dinner at the same time.
"The number one reason why I do this is because it helps keep food really neutral and it doesn't give more power or less power to any one food.
"So, what we accidentally do a lot is if we give children a dessert after they eat a bite of broccoli, we're actually implying that the broccoli tastes bad and desserts taste good – and this just sends the wrong message."
The nutritionist adds: "Another reason is that it allows children to listen to their own hunger cues and not overeat or undereat because they're trying to compensate and save room for dessert or they forgot to save room and now dessert is offered."
Emily says kids can enjoy eating vegetables such as broccoli just as much as sweet puddings.
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The video has since been watched 1.7 million times and parents are raving about the advice in the comments, while others admit they struggle with binge-eating.
One viewer enthused: "This is so genius."
A second person said: "This would have helped me have a better relationship with food as a kid.
"I tend to overreact now because I wasn’t allowed anything bad like sugar or chips."
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"Unfortunately I’m in too deep I already glorified dessert with my toddlers," admitted one parent.
Emily's website My Everyday Table shows parents how to cook a single stress-free meal in the evening with food she says children will actually enjoy eating.
She also has pictures of her recipes on her Instagram page and more videos on TikTok where she gives mealtime advice.
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