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.

We’ve teamed up with Sprout Organic Foods to bring you 5 tips to feed a picky toddler and avoid the dinnertime hassle.


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

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.

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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 them to start developing preferences for healthy items rather than packaged foods.

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Brought to you in partnership with Sprout Organic Foods.

About Sprout Organic Foods
Sprout Organic Foods 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.