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Top 10 Picky Eater Tips

Making food fun is a sneaky way to get picky eaters to eat.
Making food fun is a sneaky way to get picky eaters to eat.
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You're not a sous chef! Do not make several different meals for each individual in your household. Do try to include a little something that each person would like.

 

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Remember it can take 6-10 exposures until your child will eat something so don't fight with them.

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Dice up veggies and hide them. Put carrots or zucchini in muffins, puree veggies into sauces, stews, ground meatballs or loafs.

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Some kids prefer certain veggies cooked and others raw - try both and learn which ones your kids like, then serve them up regularly.

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Don't buy chips or sugary drinks and sodas. Leave fresh clean fruit where kids can help themselves!

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Is you child trying to get your attention by refusing to eat or being fussy? Don't pay them any attention - they'll get the message that their trick doesn't work on you. Do pay attention when they're eating quietly and well.

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Include your kid's in the prep and/or cooking process. They'll love it and may be more likely to try the new foods.

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Do not use un-healthy foods as "reward" for eating or trying new foods. Do offer compliments when your kids are willing to eat what's in front of them or experiment with different dishes.

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Make a game with your children about eating the different colors of the rainbow - from nutritious food, of course.

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Be a good role model. Children know when you don't like foods - so you should try to add more variety to your diet as well.

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