Tips to Get Picky Eaters to Eat More Nutritiously

Tips to Get Picky Eaters to Eat More Nutritiously

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Tuesday mom-tip! Save the post! TRICKS TO GET PICKY EATERS TO EAT MORE NUTRITIOUSLY.

Every picky eater’s mom pain, right?

Few things that help me, part 1 (I can share more if you like!)

LET THEM CHOOSE

A simple trick that worked wonders for us.

I set up a plate with as wide of a variety of fruit and veggies as possible. I make it colorful and fun. Washed, cut and ready to snack on. Then, I pay close attention to what kids gravitate towards and incorporate those veggies into their meals.

“But it has your favorite {...} in it!” is a magic phrase that helped us more times than I can count.

POSITIVE PRESSURE

Getting Evyianne around kids his age who have great eating habits was the best thing ever. The fact that someone their level says “this is delicious!” is worth 10000x more then any words I can say.

PLAY TIME LESSONS

I said it before and will say it again: playtime third party validation works amazingly well.

I regularly use kids’ imagination play for teaching principles to little ones. I use regular life situations, but through toys.

After a bunny told a bear that he needs a boost of “delicious celery” so he can ride the scooter, Evyianne now regularly brings “delicious celery” with him. That’s a big one because he wouldn’t even sniff it before.

WORRY LESS

I firmly believe that kids feel our energy and will react less favorably if we are too stressed. A pediatrician told me once to look at a week’s worth of nutrition for small kids rather then stress about a day’s worth. Small kids have tendencies to load on different food groups one day and be barely eating something the next. For as long as at the end of the week it all balances out, we are good.

Everyone probably knows this one, but using juices as a treat after a meal and water to quench their thirst is very helpful too. Doesn’t mess with blood sugar levels and helps kids eat better.

Also, kids don’t eat as much as we often want them to. A portion is approximately the size of their fist, which is not that much at all.

SMOOTHIES TO INTRODUCE NEW FOODS

I use smoothies to hide new foods in and to train kids’ tastebuds to like it. It’s a gradual process: I start small and hide a new veggie between kids favorite flavors ( for example, I would use a strawberry-banana smoothie and add beets to it), gradually increase the new food and slightly change the composition of the smoothie so that it continues to taste good. After the kids like the strong beet smoothie, I start to add it to other foods and at one point will just introduce it by itself, roasted with some salt and butter. This trick helped with food aversions and fears a lot!

I can continue if you like! Let me know!

Anyone had toddlers/kids not like foods? How do you work pass that? What works for you?!


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