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Feeding Your Picky Eaters

Feeding Your Picky Eaters

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  • Every week, have a “Try-a-New-Food-Day.” Try to keep it the same day of the week. Plan the choice ahead, and let everyone make selections, too.
  • Teach your family about the variety of tastes, textures, smells, and colors, associated with foods.
  • Try things cooked or raw, if appropriate, and cooked in several different ways. Broil, bake, roast, grill, boil, steam, etc.
  • Try adding a favorite sauce (ketchup, mayo, mustard, dressing, cheese sauce, etc.) and then back off on the sauce.
  • Help your family understand that variety is healthiest.
  • When appropriate, allow your family, especially children, to participate in the grocery list and grocery shopping.
  • Try new foods from all five of the food groups.
  • Encourage your family and your children to do food prep. Try to figure out when they are ready to work in the kitchen.
  • Be patient, and make sure that meal times are always comfortable.
  • Picky eating may be a behavior. Make sure folks express their wishes and feelings in ways that are not related to food.
  • Find ways to boost each individual’s self esteem, and watch the favorable results.
  • Those teeth were made for chewing! Part of growing up means that we use our teeth to chew adult foods. Remind your children to chew food thoroughly before swallowing.