Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tips: How To Get Picky Eaters To Try New Foods

Booginhead founder and inventor of Squeez'ems reusable food pouches, Sari Davidson-Crevinm brainstormed six ways to make tough foods appealing for picky eaters. They are sure to help you get your kid interested in eating something other than doughnuts and macaroni and cheese!
Be patient with new foods. Getting a child to try new foods takes time. Avoid pressuring your kids and try to make it a positive experience. Encourage your child by talking about a food's color, shape, smell, and texture. Experts say it can take as many as 10 exposures to a new food before a child decides if he likes it.
Get your kids involved with meals. Get your kids involved with the process, from grocery shopping to preparing meals. Also ask for their help when planning the meal. They will feel more in control if they help to make the food decisions.
Plant a garden with your kids. Kids love digging in the dirt, planting seeds, picking ripe fruits and vegetables, and washing them. They will be much more interested in eating what they helped to grow.
Make dinnertime a family affair. Gather the family around the table and make dinnertime a time to talk about your day and create a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for eating without pressure. Make it more interesting by having conversation starters, such as “If you could be any animal, which would it be?”
Make it fun. Serve veggies with a favorite dip or sauce. Use cookie cutters to make shapes, serve on a fun plate, and get creative. Also offer breakfast foods for dinner, and serve a variety of brightly colored foods.
Change The Texture. Puree foods so that texture is not an obstacle to healthy eating. You can create all kinds of nutritious combinations of fruits and vegetables by turning it into a smoothie! Then serve it in a reusable food pouch! The new screw top Squeez’Ems reusable and refillable food pouches hold healthy purees so kids can eat healthy while on-the-go. They are easy to fill, clean, and store, and they are also BPA, PVC, and Phthalate-free.
Squeez’ Ems 2-Pack Reusable Food Pouch ($7.99)

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