5 Ways to Please Your Picky Eaters
They may be adventurous, but when it comes to eating healthy food, toddlers are expert picky eaters and ready to battle it out at every meal. Just ask our friend Honest Toddler. And while it may be exhausting, it’s important to start building healthy habits at a young age.Â
From the very first spoonful, it’s important for little ones to have a healthy relationship with food. More importantly, the food itself needs to be healthy. There’s no point in getting your kids to try a wide variety of foods if all of those foods should only be eaten as treats. Instill in them the idea that healthy food makes them grow tall and strong, and that it can help them get better when they’re ill. Teach them about vitamins and minerals and how it’s important to get the right amount of each one. You can even get an older family member to show them all of the vitamins that they take (like these gastric bypass vitamins) to prove to them that with the right nutrients, even they can reach a ripe old age! Teach them these healthy eating ideas now to get them into a good habit for when they’re older. Undoubtedly they’ll go through a pizza stage at some point, but at least they’ll be willing to eat it with peppers and mushrooms and not just cheese, cheese, cheese!
We’ve teamed up withÂ Sprout Organic FoodsÂ to bring you 5 tips to feed a picky toddler and avoid the dinnertime hassle.
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Use Foods They Already Love
Incorporate new items into foods they already love. If your toddler loves macaroni and cheese, add pureed carrots or butternut squash into the noodles and instantly add a new level of nutrition. This also allows children to get acquainted with new vegetables without being forced out of their comfort zone.
Offer choices, whenever possible. Let your outspoken toddler decide what’s for dinner by providing them with several acceptable and healthy options.
Invite Them to the Table
Make mealtime into family time. If your baby or toddler is eating either in a different location or at a different time than the rest of the family, they might be missing out on the concept of the family meal.
Let Them Taste Test
Allow your toddler to try a taste of new foods rather than forcing them to eat an entire serving. It may take two or three times before your toddler accepts a new food, but you can praise them for being adventurous!
Make a Grocery List Together
Allow your child to write or draw items they want to shop for at the store. Talk about foods that grow as opposed to those that come in a package. Encourage your child to choose some fruits and veggies for the week. This will allow independence, but also encourages themÂ to start developing preferences for healthy items rather than packaged foods.
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About Sprout Organic Foods
Sprout Organic FoodsÂ was founded in 2008 by a small group of like-minded friends, who wished to develop wholesome and organic baby food products that tasted like no others on the market. With culinary techniques developed in renowned Chef Tyler Florence’s own kitchen and restaurants, Sprout recipes feature tasty combinations of wholesome ingredients that are indeed like no others.