Do you have a picky eater on your hands? Do you need some tips for picky eaters? Maybe your toddler will only eat mac and cheese and applesauce. Maybe your kiddo won’t touch a fruit or vegetable. I’ve been there! Heck, I am a picky eater, so I get it!
My girls seem to go through phases of being picky and only wanting a few things and then go back to eating just about everything. Here are a few tips for picky eaters that I have found to sneak some healthier food into their “go-to” meals.
TIP #1: PASTA FOR PICKY EATERS
Pasta is a staple in our house. It is something that everyone loves so we have it as a side with almost every dinner. If the girls tell me that they don’t want to eat the chicken, I will simply cut it up very small and mix it into the sauce before I add the pasta noodles to it. It fools them every time!
TIP #2: SMOOTHIES
Smoothies are one of the best ways to sneak in extra fruits and veggies! You can make most flavors of veggies with a good amount of fruit. Strawberries and bananas tend to overpower the flavors in a smoothie, so they are good ones to use to cover up other fruits or veggies.
TIP #3: POPSICLES
Making your own popsicles at home gives you the opportunity to use fresh juice and cut up fruit instead of the sugar-packed popsicles that you buy at the store. Doing combinations like lemonade with cut up strawberries in it or chocolate with cut up bananas in it get an extra serving of fruit in your kiddo, yet they are thinking, “Yay! I get to have a treat!”
TIP #4: CASSEROLES
Casseroles are a great way for hiding veggies, too, just like pasta. Your kids will focus on the pasta and not pay any attention to the secret veggies in there.
TIP #5: MAC AND CHEESE
It is so easy to hide carrots and/or cauliflower in homemade mac and cheese. The cheese in the sauce masks the flavor of the carrots and cauliflower. You just purée the veggies and add them to the cheese sauce and voila! Healthy mac and cheese!
One last thing that I have found to be tremendously helpful in getting my girls to eat something that they may not be super inclined to eat is to have them help me cook dinner! If you get your kids involved in the preparation and cooking dinner, then they will be more inclined to try the foods that they helped make! Try these tips for picky eaters with your kids at dinner tonight!
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