Children can be notoriously picky eaters, there is no denying it. And when their picky eating falls into things like macaroni and cheese, pizza, and chicken nuggets, things can get quite unhealthy very quickly. So what can you do as a parent to help your kids eat healthy, while also contending with the world’s most notorious picky eaters? Here are three key strategies to get you started:
Engage Kids In Cooking
If you child is more involved in cooking, chances are they will have an increased level of interest in what they are eating. Engage them from the very start: while you are grocery shopping. Of course, you cannot just let them loose. Make the exchanges something like letting them choose one or two fruits for the week. You can do the same thing with vegetables! If you want to, you may also let them pick out one treat if they pick out a selection of healthier options from choices you present them with.
Introduce New Food Slowly
When you are adding new food into your child’s diet, try not to introduce too much too quickly. You will not make progress that way! Taking things a little slower can make the world of difference. For instance, are you trying to get your child to eat peas or broccoli? Try including it once or twice a week to start with. Ease them into eating it and you will find there is less resistance than forcing them to eat something they are wary about all the time right away.
Make Food Fun
Kids are far more likely to eat their fruits and vegetables when they are in fun shapes, arranged in a smiley face, et cetera. Does your child like pancakes? You can make it healthier and a lot of fun by adding in blueberries or another fruit and arranging it to appear as if the pancake is smiling. Cut carrots into stars! Make ants on a log with celery, a little peanut butter, and raisins. Making food interesting, even into a game, can really increase the chances of your child eating healthy food without much resistance.