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As a mom of two toddlers, I know a great deal about finicky palates. Toddlers are notorious for loving certain foods one minute and hating them the next, trust me! That said, over the years I’ve learned a few helpful strategies for turning even the pickiest eaters into healthy foodies. Here are 9 pro tips for helping you feed the picking eaters in your family!
Wait 2 Weeks and Try Again: True story: last week my two year old decided he didn’t like blueberries anymore. For a solid three days, I would offer him his FAVORITE fruit for breakfast and discover it on the floor minutes later. Do you think I gave up and stopped buying blueberries? Of course not. I simply waited a couple days (you can wait up to two weeks but I wasn’t that patient) and offered them again. Guess what? They’re his favorite again.
Try a New Cooking Method: Before assuming someone in your family doesn’t like a certain food, I encourage you to try preparing it in a new way first. For example, if you typically steam broccoli, try roasting it. Normally steam asparagus? Grill it next time! Tired of boiled corn? Throw it on the grill!
Herbs and Spices: Fresh herbs and spices can transform that very same chicken breast or piece of flank steak from boring to exciting with almost no added calories and a whole host of added health benefits.
Dine in Ethnic Restaurants: From as early as I can remember, we would dine out in ethnic restaurants both locally and while traveling. Not only are they often more kid-friendly, but most ethnic restaurants are more affordable and offer a healthier variety of food selections than the typical American chain. My boys love slurping wonton soup, dipping fresh rolls in peanut sauce and eating shrimp tacos on the regular.
Visit a Local Farm: The closer to the source of your food you can get, the better it is for kids. Children are visual learners (who isn’t?) and these hands-on experiences will not only create lasting memories but will help your kids learn where food comes from. The more excited they get about healthy food, the better!
Keep Interesting Healthy Snacks on Hand: Over the past several months I’ve loved partnering with Lorissa’s Kitchen because their snacks are not only naturally high protein and low carb but they are full of interesting and unique flavors. From Szechuan Peppercorn to Sweet Chili to Asian Teriyaki, these inventive ingredients not only make for a delicious snack but they keep me and my family excited about healthy eating. I hope you enjoy the latest video I created for Lorissa’s Kitchen in partnership with Real Simple Magazine.
Lead by Example: So often I chat with fellow moms who are looking for advice on feeding their picky eaters only to discover that they also hate vegetables. As any parent knows, your kids want to eat whatever it is you’re eating (usually the minute you sit down.) Unfortunately, if you’re don’t eat kale chances are neither will your kids. It’s as simple as leading by example so head to Pinterest or grab a cooking magazine to start getting creative!
Cook With Your Kids: If you follow me on Snapchat, you know how often I cook with my 2 and 4 year old. (Hint: Every single day.) Whether it’s allowing them to mix pancake batter, crack eggs or slice bananas with a dull knife, I always try to get them involved in the cooking process of meal prep. Some days they are more interested than others and that’s ok. The key is to make cooking as natural and normal as possible from an early age.
Get Them Involved in Shopping: My husband and our four year old grocery shop together almost every single week and as a result, our son knows his way around the produce section like a boss. Kids love to be helpful so allowing them to pick out the eggplant or grab a bunch of cilantro makes them feel involved in the shopping process and more likely to eat the foods they so carefully picked out themselves.
What are YOUR best strategies for encouraging picky eaters? I would love to hear your tips and ideas!
Your fork is waiting.
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