Do you have a picky toddler? So many of us do. I had no idea what challenges faced mothers of young children until I was in the position of finding food my child would eat. How hard can it be to feed a child half your size? After all you parents stop laughing, read on. I have found several tips to help turn your picky eater into a more adventurous (dare I say foodie?) child.
- Shop as a family. This is a simple trick that involves having your child help you select the foods for your meals. If she gets to decide on broccoli rather than green beans she will be a lot more likely to give the broccoli a try.
- Cook together. Including your child in food preparation is easier than you think and can yield major results. As a bonus she is more likely to try something she helped cook.
- Eat at the same time. Have a family meal so your child can witness you eating healthy foods. Never underestimate your power to influence your child at this young age.
- Read fun books. Find some great books about healthy eating and read them together. We love "I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato."
- Clean together. Cleaning up before a meal and after will help your child feel a part of meal preparation. During this time you can have a conversation about dinner or favorite foods.
- Talk food. If you open up dialog with your child you are a lot more likely to come across ideas for fun meals your child would like or misconceptions about certain foods.
- Have fun. Make it a party. We like to make pink pancakes using pureed beets, monster soup using avocados, and black bean brownies.
- Grow something. Plant a container garden, square foot garden, or windowsill garden. Audrey first ate lettuce without prompting because she picked it from the garden herself.
- Play around. Have a fun project in the kitchen involving a bucket of rice and some measuring cups. Again, the purpose is to make food fun.
- Meal plan together. I love to pull out cookbooks with Audrey and Maurene and ask them to help me find a recipe. Make sure to read the recipe first before letting your toddler pick. If you can't decide between two, let her cast the winning vote!
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