I had to come up with a plan to get him to eat and I thought I would share my tips with you:
- Get your child involved in the meal preparation. Kids love to help, so why not let them help with preparing the meal. They’re more likely to eat what they’ve helped prepare.
- Incorporate 1 – 2 items that you knew they will eat into the meal plan.
- Serve fruits and veggies for snacks instead of chips and cookies. I serve apple slices and peanut butter, spinach dip and carrots or cucumbers. He loves to dip things. I invested in a vegetable cutter that will make crinkles in the carrots and cucumbers. They’re more exciting than regularly cut cucumbers and carrot sticks.
- Kids love animals or alphabet shaped foods. I now have a cabinet full of molds for pancakes and waffles. What kid doesn’t want a cow, pig, dinosaur or zoo animal on their breakfast plate.
- If your child is a pasta lover use wagon wheels, corks, or spaghetti. I remove the green from cucumbers before placing them in the pasta. My grandchildren love pasta with lite Italian dressing. I get a “Happy Plate” every time I serve it.
- Make zucchini or banana bread or muffins instead of cake and cupcakes. Top with a little whipped cream. You can add food coloring to the whipped cream to make it interesting.
- Invest in sandwich cutters for P & J or grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Limit snacks before meals.
- Make eating out and fast foods a treat rather than the norm.
- Eat meals together rather than placing your child in front of the TV. They’ll see you eating and may be willing to try something new.
- Encourage your child to try new things. Start with getting them to taste rather than forcing them to eat anything. After all, they are picky eaters.
- Make fresh fruit smoothies together using Almond milk. My grandchildren love Almond milk.
What tips do you use for your picky eater? We would love to hear from you.