Take A Bite!

Young children can be picky eaters so it is more than just a healthy recipe. Asserting their independence through eating, or not eating, what they’re offered should not be alarming to you. Food preferences develop at an early age, even in infancy.

So it’s easier to serve foods you know they will like and actually eat, without all of the meltdowns and frowns. But what’s easiest isn’t always what’s best.

Parents and child care providers have a powerful opportunity to teach children’s taste buds to appreciate wholesome foods — before they can learn differently. With a little patience, even the fussiest young diners can learn to like healthy foods.

1. Allowing children to feed new foods to themselves creates interest and fun.

2. Allow children to play with and learn the texture, smell and color of the new food that is being introduced.

3. Offer finger foods (i.e., pieces of diced meats and cheeses, fresh fruits, cooked vegetables and raw vegetables (carrots and celery Must be cooked).

4. Provide a variety of foods and leave the choices to your child, eventually they will consume a balanced diet on their own.
Don’t be alarmed if your toddler doesn’t eat daily from the basic food groups. Many toddlers resist eating certain foods, or for long periods insist on eating only one or two favorite foods. The more you struggle with your child over his eating preferences, the more determined he’ll be to defy you. Children are more inclined to try new foods if they are somewhat familiar them.

5. Chose to introduce a new food when it is convenient for you. When you have time to sit and play with your child and eat what you are asking your child to eat.

 

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