Healthy Eating Tips for Picky Eaters in Your Family

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by Nicole on May 5, 2011 · 1 comment

in Picky Eaters

If you are blessed with a picky eater in your home, then you are probably at your whit’s end with all of the things you have tried to get your kid to eat. These tips for picky eaters will help you relax a little and rest assured that your child is unlikely to starve, no matter how picky he is.

First, it is vital that you resist the urge to force your child to eat. Children are not going to let themselves starve, so if they say they are not hungry, then listen and respect this. Do not turn it into a battle.

Next, keep your routine the same each day, with set meal and snack times. It is vital that you do not give your kids snacks in the hour or so before dinner, because they will not have enough hunger to entice them to try new foods. Snacks will only deter the picky eater from enjoying a healthy dinner.

When you do serve new foods, serve them with accepted foods. Be patient as your child experiments with the food. It may take multiple times before the child willingly eats a new food. Talk about the food using descriptive terminology that describes factors about it other than its taste, and let them see you enjoying the food.

Finally, set a good example of healthy eating, but don’t be afraid to be sneaky. If you can sneak spinach or grated zucchini into something that is an already accepted food, then do so. You will increase the nutritional value while you are encouraging your child to try veggies outside of those you sneak in. Over time while using these healthy eating tips for picky eaters, you can help your child develop a wide range of accepted, and even loved, healthy foods.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.


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Danica May 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I am a single mother and preparing food for my kids is really a struggle. It is always a commitment to feed your kids with a healthy meal everyday.

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