HELP: 10 Tips for Picky Eaters

by zesty on March 25, 2011 · 33 comments

We made it!  Friday is finally here and the weekend is upon us.  This week has flown by and for that I thought I would switch things up slightly and ask for your help.  I really want to know if you have any good ideas on how to cure picky eating syndrome.  I would love to hear your ideas.

The last little while I have been trying to get zesty junior eating more – it seems like Kraft Dinner and peanut butter sandwiches are a staple in his diet.   I have been doing some searching and trying to come up with some of my own ideas.  Thus far, here is a list of what I have found as well as come up with.

10 Tips for Picky Eaters

1. Get them excited about healthy food:

Let them smell, touch, taste, ask questions and try fruits, veggies, yogurts along with other healthy foods in the kitchen. Ask them what they think of the foods and let them know their opinions count.

2. Get them involved in the kitchen:

Let them help you with jobs in the kitchen such as mixing ingredients, putting away plastic dishes, turning on the blender etc. Be sure to thank them for their help.

3. Give them a say in what they eat:

Help your kids make the right food and drink choices from an early age. If they have a say in decisions they will be more excited about what they eat. It’s a great way to get them to take charge of their health.

4. Take them grocery shopping with you:

Get your kids involved in shopping decisions. It may take a little more time in the supermarket but it will help them understand the food groups and the value of eating healthy.

5. Remove the junk food your house:

Your kids can’t eat unhealthy snacks if you don’t buy them. Kids will moan at first but soon they will get hungry and reach for the apple instead of the chips.

6. Add healthy food when you can:

Find ways to add healthy foods into foods your child already likes. You can put blueberries in pancakes, chopped fruit on cereal, or small pieces of broccoli in macaroni and cheese. Or add leftover veggies from the night before into your next meal.

7. Help them learn:

Encourage your kids to draw or doodle pictures of healthy foods or write a poem. Post it on the fridge and make sure they know you are proud.

8. Sit down together:

Try to set aside your meals as family time. Turn off the TV and enjoy eating together.

9. Keep healthy snacks on hand:

Bring healthy snacks where ever you go, and at other times when you know their stomachs will be grumbling.

10. Make healthy food and meals fun:

Try cutting up food into fun shapes or making faces out of fruit and vegetables.  Putting healthy snacks such as oatmeal cookies or dried fruit into a fun bag can turn healthy foods into a cool snack for your child.

Next time you are in the kitchen thinking about meal time or even simply talking to you children – try and incorporate some of the tips listed above.

Please send me your comments on fussy eater tips you have tried (even if you don’t have kids).  I want to try and get 50 tips by the end of tomorrow.  The pressure is on!

Oh and guess what?  Disney Recap on Monday and GIVEAWAY on Wednesday! Have a great weekend!

Take care

zesty

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