How to Get Your Picky Eater to Eat Healthy Food
If an adult doesn’t want to eat certain foods, it is more than likely that you are not going to be able to change their mind no matter what you do, but with kids it’s different.
You may need to be a bit clever and sneaky but it is definitely something you can do.
Have a look at these strategies that can help you with getting your fussy eater to eat healthy and nutritious meals:
If your child doesn’t like chicken think creatively, would it change their mind if you allowed them to cook over a charcoal or gas grill and get them involved in the cooking process?
What about if you included their favourite vegetables and you made kebabs with them? Just because your child may not like to eat tomatoes whole, doesn’t mean they won’t like tomato soup or a tomato smoothie.
Think creatively and try different variations of food.
A lot of parents think their child will grow out of the picky eating phase, but the likelihood is they may not.
If you introduce fruits and vegetables to them from a very young age this will help your child get a feel for the different tastes and textures.
Include healthy drinks and beverages in this as well. It may be hard at first but you are better off trying to change their habits at a young age rather than later in life when it will become even more difficult!
Use an Older Sibling as a Role Model
Most young girls and boys will look up to their older siblings so it is a good idea to get them to eat unfamiliar or ‘gross’ foods in front of your picky eater and this will encourage them to become more curious about what their older brother or sister is eating.
They can use phrases like “if you want to grow up to be big and strong like me you need to eat these!” This is a great tactic and one well worth trying.
Begin With Small Pieces
You should always start off small with everything.
If you dump a big pile of unfamiliar foods in front of your picky eater they are less likely to eat any of it as it will look intimidating to them.
Start off with small pieces so it is easier for them to taste and give a smaller texture impact. Let them know that it is just a small portion for them to try and then follow up with:
Every time your child eats or tries a new food make sure you reward them, even if it just the one spoonful.
It is important that you reward these little efforts to encourage them to do it more in the future.
Stay the Course
Even if your child says they don’t like something, keep trying, test it again a few weeks later, may be in a different variation.
It will take patience and persistence but it will happen and you will succeed in getting your child to eat those healthy foods they need.