Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters
This information is provided by the American Heart Association
- Get them involved in the kitchen: Let them help you with small, kid-safe jobs in the kitchen such as mixing ingredients. Be sure to thank them for their help.
- Keep the junk food out of the house: Your kids can’t eat unhealthy snacks if you don’t buy them. Kids will moan at first but soon they will get hungry and reach for the apple instead of the chips.
- Add healthy food when you can: Find ways to add healthy foods into foods your child already likes. You can put blueberries in pancakes, chopped fruit on cereal, or small pieces of broccoli in macaroni and cheese.
- Sit down together: Try to set aside your meals as family time. Turn off the TV and enjoy eating together.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand: Bring healthy snacks when you pick them up from school, after sports practice, and at other times when you know their stomachs will be grumbling.
- Make healthy food and meals fun: Try cutting up food into fun shapes or making faces out of fruit and vegetables. Putting healthy snacks such as oatmeal cookies or dried fruit into a fun bag can turn healthy foods into a cool snack for your child.
Last Modified on January 10, 2011