We've all encountered one (some of us may still be one) but whether we like it or not, picky eaters can drive us wild! How can we get our kids to eat healthy food? Let's hear from the experts.
First, The Smithsonian.comopens a new window takes a look at the science behind why children are so hesitant to try new foods. Spoiler alert: scientists think it's a holdover from our early days when humans foraged for food.
Keeping the above resource's ideas in mind, a child's preferences can come from watching their parents eat. Zero to Threeopens a new window says adults should also eat healthy, cook meals with children and frequently try new foods in front of their children. They have many more suggestions about what to do and what not to do. Included is helpful advice on what to do about dessert.
Parentsopens a new window reminds adults to keep portions small. "Many parents offer a portion that's way too large." Dr. Keith E. Williams suggests starting with a single pea or part of a noodle and following up with a food your child likes. And remember, children are typically offered a new food 10 to 15 times before they show interest.
Need a comprehensive list for how to decrease tantrums at the dinner table? The Mayo Clinicopens a new window has 10 ways to make sure your child gets a nutritious diet AND prevent food battles.