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Tips for Picky Eaters

​It is normal for young kids to reject foods they have never tried before. Many kids are hesitant to try new foods, but if you don’t make it a big deal, picky eating usually ends before school age.

Try some of these ideas to help your child try new foods:

Be consistent
Kids will learn that vegetables are a normal part of meals only if vegetables are a normal part of meals. Get in the habit of serving fruit before dessert.

Be persistent
Studies show that children may need to be exposed to a new food eight to 15 times before they decide if they really like or dislike it.

Play the rainbow game
Take kids food shopping and ask them to pick out different colored vegetables. Then encourage them to try one color each day of the week.

Cook creatively
Involve your children in making fun snacks with fruits and vegetables they may not like or haven't tried before. Try the MousetailSnack.pdfMousetail Snack, StoplightSnack.pdfStoplight Snack for VeggieBagelFaceSnack.pdfVeggie Bagel Face Snack

Offer small pieces
Let toddlers practice their fine motor skills with soft-cooked beans, peas or chopped carrots.

Sneak it in
Shred or puree nutrient-dense vegetables such as cauliflower or carrots into pasta sauce. Use pureed vegetables to thicken soups.

Be a role model
If mom and dad don't eat vegetables, it can be tough to get the kids to eat them.

Eat meals together
Studies show that children who eat frequent meals with their families eat more fruits and vegetables and drink fewer soft drinks than those whose families are too busy to eat meals together.

Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:25 AM