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Pleasing Picky Eaters

If you have kids, chances are you’ve dealt with at least one phase of picky eating. Getting children to try new foods and develop good eating habits can be tricky, but there’s hope! Try these simple tips:

Pleasing Picky Eaters

If you have kids, chances are you’ve dealt with at least one phase of picky eating. Getting children to try new foods and develop good eating habits can be tricky, but there’s hope! Try these simple tips:

  •  Rename foods to capture young imaginations. For example, try calling broccoli “baby trees,” and melon balls “little basketballs” or “beach balls.” Peas and baby carrots might be “baseballs and bats;” orange wedges “sunshine slices;” cherries with stems “tire swings;” cauliflower “snow-covered trees;” pickle slices, “lily pads;” and celery “little slides.” The fun names make eating more interesting for kids.
  • Add fruit to different foods to make fun faces. Use melon to make smiley pancakes, or use strawberries and bananas to make a friendly face on a peanut butter sandwich. Better yet, have the kids make the fruit faces!
  • Cookie cutters aren’t just for cookies—use them to cut sandwiches into hearts, stars and other fun shapes.
  • Kids can’t resist dips! Dunk fruits, vegetables, pretzels or whole wheat crackers into things like yogurt, low-fat flavored cream cheese or peanut butter. Then dip them again into granola, chopped nuts or shredded cheese.
  • Plan a “New Food Night”! Prepare great tasting new foods children may not have had before, like couscous, mango, kiwi, blood oranges, pomegranates or spring rolls. Let them touch them, then explain where the foods come from along with a little history.
  • Put anything in a hot dog bun—kids will eat it!