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Dealing with Picky Eaters

Picky eating is typical for young children. Toddlers start to develop food preferences. Some of these behaviors include:

  • Refusing a food based on color or texture

  • Only eating one type of food a certain amount of time

  • Wasting time at the table

  • Unwilling to try new foods

 

This is normal and isn’t ordinarily anything to worry about. These behaviors will go away with time. However, there are some things parents can do to encourage positive eating behaviors.

 

 

Let your kids pick out vegetables at the grocery store

If your kids feel like they have a say in what they’re eating, they’re more likely to eat the food.

 

Have your kids help in cooking

Children get excited about being involved and tasting food when they help make meals. You can have them add ingredients, stir or help wash veggies.

 

Give them choices

Instead of asking them if they want cucumbers, give them choices. “Would you like cucumbers or tomatoes?”

 

Avoid “kid’s meals”

Give the same meals that adults eat to your kids. This encourages them to try new, healthy food.

 

Trying new foods

Sometimes it’s difficult to try to get children to try new foods. Here are some ways you can try to encourage your kids to eat them:

 

-Small Portions

Give them a little bit of food that you enjoy. When they get a taste for it, it’s easier to plan family meals.

 

-One food at a time

Giving children too many new foods at a time can be overwhelming. Give them a food that they already enjoy along with the new food.

 

-Lead by example

Try new foods yourself to encourage your children.

 

-Offer new foods first

Kids are hungriest at the beginning of the meal.

 

-Don’t give up

Even if your kids reject a food first, it’s ok to keep trying. They could eventually enjoy the new food.

 

 

Sources

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers-picky-eating


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/nutrition/Pages/Picky-Eaters.aspx

 

 

 

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