The picky eating struggle is real. No doubt, if you’re reading this article you have been there, whether it is with your own child or one of your friends. More than likely, you have had to deal with it in more than one child!
Here are 3 tips on how to make picky eaters eat healthier food and less junk:
1. Eat dinner together!
We know that we are not the only ones who do this, but we just want to stress how important it is for the family to sit down together and share a meal. It teaches tradition, manners and family values. Not only that, but it sets a good example for the children and allows parents to monitor what their children are eating. If you don’t cook at home very often, start by aiming for 3 times a week and build up from there. You can even turn those nights into “pizza nights” where the kids can help design their own pizza toppings! What a great way to get them involved in preparing their own meals!
Parents have questions and concerns about feeding their children. How do you get picky eaters to eat? How do you get them to eat more vegetables? How do you get them to eat healthy without a battle?
Here are 3 tips that will help you with feeding your kids. These 3 tips have helped me feed my 2 kids well, and with less stress.
1. Have regular mealtimes. This helps your kids learn about hunger and satiety cues, so that they can regulate their own eating in the future. It also sets up a good habit for them to carry into adulthood. Putting regular meals on the calendar also helps remind you to provide food for your kids when they are hungry, instead of providing food whenever they ask for it (which may be too often).
2. Offer 3 balanced meals with 2-3 snacks in between. This gives your child lots of opportunities to try new foods, and still leaves room for them to have some favorite foods as well.
3. Serve the same meal the entire family is eating at each mealtime. This may be difficult if your kid is very picky, but it is a great way for him or her to see what everyone else is eating, and it also encourages family mealtime togetherness as
So how do we get our kids to eat well? How do we get our kids to try new foods, and like them?
Over the years, I have found a few ways that I can share with you that have helped me.
1. Let your child help make their own food
From the time my kids were toddlers they would help me cook and prepare meals. They would help me mix the ingredients, put things in the bowl, stir and even help set the table (though little hands can be messy).
The more your child helps to cook something, the more likely they are to eat it! It’s also great for their self-esteem to know they helped create something delicious.
2. Make sure your child has a full tummy before mealtime
My kids are weird about eating sweets before dinner…but that’s because they know if they fill up on sweets than they won’t be hungry for their meal. But if you let your child fill up on snacks or drinks then it makes it hard for them to want to eat anything else.
If you notice your child is snacking all throughout the day, then make sure you give them a good snack about 30 minutes before dinner time (and be sure it’s not too close to dinn
It can definitely be a challenge to get kids to eat healthily. With so many unhealthy options out there, it’s pretty hard to get them to eat the right foods. But with a little effort, you can train your kids to love healthy food and make it a part of their normal diet! Here are some tips for picky eaters:
1. Make dinner family time
If you want your kids to eat their veggies, make dinner a family bonding experience. Sit down together as a family to eat dinner, and encourage everyone to at least try everything on their plate. You might be surprised by what they’re willing to try when everyone else is doing it too!
2. Let them help in the kitchen
To get your kids excited about eating healthy food, give them a chance to help make it! Kids love feeling like they’re helping out in the kitchen, and showing them how easy cooking can be will get them excited about veggie-filled meals. Start with simple recipes that don’t require any sharp knives or dangerous cooking equipment, and let them help with dinner every night.
3. Get creative
Picky eaters aren’t fans of boring food! If you want your kids to eat healthy food every day, you need to mix things up
I’m constantly asked how we get our kids to eat well. I’ve shared some of our favorite recipes, but I thought it might be helpful to share a few other tips we use to help guide our kids towards healthy choices.
1. Don’t lie to your kids
We don’t hide vegetables in food, and we don’t tell our daughter that something is something it isn’t (like broccoli trees). We also don’t bribe her or have rewards for eating vegetables. However, you will sometimes see us telling her she can’t have dessert until she eats her vegetables. Here’s the difference: When we say that she can’t have dessert until she eats her vegetables, we don’t say “but if you do you’ll get dessert!” We just say that she has to eat her vegetables first. If she does so without complaint, then she gets dessert (and praise!). If she doesn’t, then no dessert. It’s not a punishment; it’s just reality. She doesn’t get dessert because it’s not time yet – because she hasn’t eaten her veggies yet – not because she did anything wrong by not eating them. By calling it a punishment or a reward, we make eating veggies seem like something bad (for which the reward is dessert)
As a mom, I have to be very creative when it comes to feeding my kids the proper nutrition they need. They are not picky eaters, but there are things they prefer over others. Here is how we keep them eating healthy:
1. Always have fruit and veggies ready to go in the fridge
2. Have some great recipes ready at hand
3. Don’t let them snack too much on junk food
If you have kids, you are probably familiar with the battle over food. It’s exhausting, right? You spend so much time and energy preparing healthy meals, only to have them reject it. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing everything wrong and I just want to give up and let them eat chicken nuggets every night.
I’ve learned that getting your kids to eat well is not a one-time fix but a continual process. Here are three things that have worked for us.
1. TRY NEW THINGS. When my daughter was very little, I thought she would never eat meat. She refused over and over again. Then, one day she tried it on her own and loved it! Now she eats more meat than I do!
2. PRESENTATION MATTERS. My kids will absolutely not eat broccoli plain with nothing on it, but they love broccoli if I melt cheese over it or mix in some other vegetables like peppers or cauliflower with it. Food needs to be appealing to your children’s eyes as well as their taste buds!
3. YOU ARE THE EXAMPLE (and the boss). If you don’t want your child eating junk food all the time, you cannot eat junk food all the time in front of them