My daughter judges new food with her eyes. After inspecting it, she will then decide if she will taste it with the tip of her tongue or flat out refuse to try it. I think a lot of moms can agree when I say that having a picky eater can be pretty stressful. So what’s a mom to do? Today, I’m going to share some tips on how I deal with my picky eaters.
How to Deal with Picky Eaters Without Losing Your Mind
I’m a reformed picky eater and let me tell you something when I made up my mind that I didn’t like something, there wasn’t anything my dad could say or do to make me eat it. The first four years with my son he only wanted 4-5 dishes. So I thought I would be prepared for my daughter’s pickiness. What threw me is the fact that she used to LOVE food as a baby but soon as she turned 10-11 months old, she started to get fussy and wouldn’t try new food. What’s a mom to do?
Veggies? What veggies?
Sneak veggies In EVERYTHING you can! I’m a master at sneaking veggies into dishes! You kind of have to when you’re dealing with picky eaters. I’ve been making a lot of soups and stews that are packed with vegetables and meats. I’m always pleasantly surprised when my daughter eats a big bowl of my potato soup without making her “yuck” face. I loaded my meatloaf recipe with carrots, onions, bell peppers and no one even knew there were veggies in it.
My trick? I chopped the veggies thinly using a food processor.
Learn what their favorite food is and make it often!
My daughter loves saucy foods like pasta with tomato sauce or rice & beans with Haitian stewed chicken. So we make these recipes often in our home. It helps that these recipes are delicious. I rotate them during the week, so it’s hard to get bored lol
Promote healthy eating habits
Depending on your child level of “pickiness,” you might be able to play the monkey see monkey do “trick” when it comes to trying new food. Kids love imitating what adults do so if they see you eating healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables, they are more likely to do the same. Sadly, my daughter has reached the highest level, and that trick has set sail.
Other things you can do to promote healthy eating habits is to eat meals as a family. I always look forward to super time with my little family. One thing I did learn from the years I dealt with my son’s picky eating is to avoid doing separate meals. For example, he would only eat white rice, and I would make rice with beans for the grownups. Not only was it a lot of extra work but it didn’t encourage him to try the food we were eating. With my daughter, I made sure to cook one meal for everyone.
Get creative with snack time
Jazzy won’t eat a lot of the fruits that she used to love. I’m talking about strawberries, grapes, and even banana. She does love watermelon, but they are not always in season. We use our fruit dehydrator to make dried apples and mangoes for her. It’s less expensive and healthier than the most of the store-bought kind.
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Do you have picky eaters? I would LOVE to hear what worked or didn’t work for you.
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