Tips to help with your Picky Eater

Tips for your picky eater:
Children’s nutrition doesn’t have to be frustrating. Consider these strategies to avoid power struggles and help your picky eater eat a balanced diet.

1. Respect your child’s appetite, or lack of one- If your child isn’t hungry, don’t force a meal or snack. Likewise, don’t bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clean his or her plate. This might only ignite — or reinforce — a power struggle over food. Serve small portions to avoid overwhelming your child and give him or her the opportunity to independently ask for more.


2. Stick to a routine-Serve meals and snacks at about the same times every day.


3. Be patient with new foods-Young children often touch or smell new foods, and might even put tiny bits in their mouths and then take them back out again. Your child might need repeated exposure to a new food before he or she takes the first bite.Encourage your child by talking about a food’s color, shape, aroma and texture — not whether it tastes good. Serve new foods along with your child’s favorite foods.


4. Make it fun- Cut foods into various shapes with cookie cutters. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods.


5. Recruit your child’s help-At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Don’t buy anything that you don’t want your child to eat. At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, stir batter or set the table.


6. Set a good example-If you eat a variety of healthy foods, your child is more likely to follow suit.


7. Be creative-Add chopped broccoli or green peppers to spaghetti sauce, top cereal with fruit slices, or mix grated zucchini and carrots into casseroles and soups.


8. Minimize distractions-Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals. This will help your child focus on eating. Keep in mind that television advertising might also encourage your child to desire sugary or less nutritious foods.

Remember that your child’s eating habits won’t likely change overnight, but the small steps you take each day can help promote a lifetime of healthy eating.

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