How to Raise a Healthy Eater

Kids are notorious for being picky, especially when it comes to food. There are ways to combat this, however, and raise a child that is willing to try new things and branch out in the world of food. You may be thinking that this is impossible, but try a few of these tips on your little one and see where it takes both of you!

Portion Size

When you introduce a new food to your kid, keep the portion small. Give them about a tablespoon of something. If you overload their plate this can seem overwhelming to them and it may make them even more hesitant to try something new.

Give Your Child a Choice

When you’re serving up a meal to your child, ask them if they would like a big helping or a small sample of something. This puts them in the driver’s seat and appeals to their need to control things. If they feel they are in charge of it then they’ll be more likely to give it a whirl! Plus, it’s less frustrating for you.

Don’t Dis the Food

Remember when your mother said that if you can’t say something nice you shouldn’t say anything at all? Well, institute that rule in your home when it comes to trying new things. It’s ok not to like something, but that doesn’t mean that you have to put it down, especially if it’s something other people in the house enjoy.

Dinner Deconstruction

Little kids tend to like food that they can identify, so break down a dish into separate parts if you want your child to give it a try. But also include a very small amount of the whole dish for them to try too.

They Won’t Starve

A lot of parents don’t want to withhold food from their children, but letting them go hungry for a few minutes isn’t a crime. It helps your child to understand their own hunger signals so they actually eat when they’re hungry. Kids also like schedules, so keeping them on a meal and snack schedule is always a great tool to have in your back pocket. That way they can understand their feelings of hunger and maybe, just maybe, will be interested in trying something new. There’s always hope!

Use a Straw

Straws are a great way to cleanse the pallet. When your child is trying something new and they don’t like it, they can just take a drink to wash it down and clear the taste out, which is why straws are so handy!

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