Hey All, anyone dealing with the joy and the rapture of excessively picky eaters? My kids were the WORST, but they're finally all at a point where they are willing to try new things, even if they are green! I credit following these five food tenets with helping my kids to become more adventurous eaters:
1.) Expose kids to as many foods as you can, with a variety of colors, shapes and textures. Start early!
2. Let kids try the food off of your plate. My kids often try things they wouldn't normally try because they see me eating it, and they always want to have whatever I have. This is why I usually wait until they're in bed to eat dinner. Scavengers and thieves, every last one of them.
3.) Don't force, but encourage kids to take one taste, and only one taste. If they really don't like it, they won't have to have any more. Often at my house this involves bribery. For example, you can have more potatoes if you try one bite of zucchini.
4.) Get kids excited about being healthy. Take them to the farmer's market and let them pick out whatever appeals to them. Get them involved in the kitchen.
5.) Set out a few plates of healthy fruits and vegetables just before dinner is ready and create your own vegetable happy hour. You'll be surprised how kids will eat what is in front of them, especially if they are really hungry.