Do you have picky eaters?
How do you know if your children are eating enough?
What about the types of foods do they eat?
If you struggle with picky eaters, you are not alone. With a little imagination and creativity you can get your picky eater to eat more and experiment with foods they normally would not have eaten.
With the summer months upon us, take advantage of the various fruits and vegetables available. What? Your child won’t eat vegetables or anything green in color? No worries, neither did mine. But I tricked them! Yes, I admit it, but it works.
Here’s a tip: blend vegetables into a puree and add to spaghetti sauce. The sauce can be used over pasta, as a dip for cheese sticks or can be used for home-made pizza. I use this sauce all the time and my kids have no idea that they are eating vegetables.
How about fruits as treats? We freeze grapes and blueberries and the kids love them. We use frozen blueberries and strawberries in shakes for added nutritional value. We love watermelons and we make fruit salads with different melons, strawberries, grapes, mangoes and pineapples. The possibilities are endless.
Make Food Fun
Cut sandwiches into shapes using cookie cutters for added interest. How about ham and cheese sandwich boats? Or to make celery more enticing for bug loving boys, cover them with peanut butter and raisins. We make our own popsicles with fruit juice or pudding made with milk. We make jello-fun and nutritious by choosing the sugar-free kind and add fruit to it for added pleasures. We also cut into shapes which little ones love.
The most important thing to remember is not to stress over picky eaters.
Children will soon start to develop different eating habits and it is up to us as parents to never give up. Remember to always introduce different foods. Our taste buds change with age and so will your child’s. Be patient and have fun. Children usually feed off our emotions and if they see us stressed or trying too hard to make them eat certain foods, they will wonder and still not eat or even try them.
Remember, patience and creativity will make your lives easier when dealing with picky eaters and you will rest assured your child is eating healthy.