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How To Get Picky Eaters To Be More Open-Minded–Guest Post

Sometimes getting little kids to try new foods is akin to climbing the Great Wall of China – it seems like an insurmountable task that only the bravest can conquer. However coercing picky eaters into broadening their taste buds doesn’t have to be like fighting a war, you just need a little strategy:

1. Pair foods you want them to try with foods you know they’ll eat
If you know that your child loves peanut butter and you normally pair peanut butter with an apple or pretzels try serving it with a new food such as baby carrots. If they like ranch then try serving it with cucumber slices or snow peas. The addition of a food that they like will help encourage them to try the new food, and dips are an easy way to encourage vegetable consumption.

2. Sneak foods into meals
Instead of making a traditional meat and tomato spaghetti sauce add in different chopped vegetables such as red peppers and mushrooms. Or try making casseroles with extra veggies added in. If you can get them to start eating foods without even noticing that they’re eating them then they’ll be much more receptive to continuing to eat them in different forms.

3. Try preparing foods in different ways
It may be the way that you’re preparing certain foods that is eliciting an automatic “NO” response from your kids. If steamed broccoli is always turned down try fixing it a different way, such as roasting it in the oven and then pairing it with ketchup. Different preparations techniques bring out different flavours in foods that your kids may love.

4. Don’t label foods
Try to refrain from telling kids that their snacks or meals are “healthy” when you’re serving them fruits and vegetables or that they’re getting “a treat” when you take them out for fast food. Having this mental connection with certain foods can deter them from wanting to experiment with other healthy foods and cling to wanting fast foods and decadent treats instead.

5. Keep trying

Our taste buds are constantly changing and evolving, so what your kids hate one day they may love the next. Constantly offer them new foods; you may be surprised what they end up picking up one day and declaring their new favourite food!

Getting picky eaters to try new foods is a kind of art form that requires some patience and experimentation. Show them how much you love certain foods and don’t quit offering them different foods to try to show them that foods aren’t bad or good, just different. They’ll start branching out eventually! What tactics do you have for getting your picky eaters to try new foods?

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to hire a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at]

March 7, 2012 Posted by | Guest Blog Post | | Leave a comment