Expert Tips to Help Your Picky Eater

Expert Tips to Help Your Picky Eater

Raising kids who eat a variety of healthy foods can be a challenge in our hectic lives. Check out what Dr. Tim Lee, M.D., say about building healthy habits! Here are 3 simple tips to develop healthy eating habits for kids of all ages. 

Expert Tip #1: Create a positive eating environment 

When it comes to picky eaters, remember to avoid pressuring or forcing your child to eat. Create a pleasant and relaxing mealtime environment that allows kids to explore and make their own healthy choices. Avoid bribing them to finish their plates or eat specific foods. Treat them how you would like to be treated-with respect and understanding. By taking a gentle approach, you can foster a positive relationship with food for your children and reduce frustration for everyone involved.

Expert Tip #2: Involve them in the meal process

Involving your kids in meal planning and cooking is a great way for them to learn about nutrition and get excited about meals. Select age-appropriate tasks so kids can play a part in the kitchen. At the end of the meal, don't forget to praise the little chef! Try out theses Age-appropriate tasks: 

Ages 2 to 3-year-olds:

  • Measuring dry ingredients 
  • Measuring water in measuring cups 
  • Kneading dough 
  • Sprinkling salt or sugar 
  • Decide what to eat

Ages 4 to 5-year-olds 

  • Picking vegtables 
  • Washing produce 
  • Whisking eggs
  • Helping with set-up and clean-up

Ages 6 to 7-year-olds

  • Peeling vegetables and fruits 
  • helping wash the dishes 
  • Cracking and separating eggs
  • Cutting vegetables and fruits 

Ages 8 and up

  • Helping with the shopping list 
  • Meal planning 
  • Making parts of their own school lunches 
  • Reading and following the recipes 

    Expert Tip #3: Have meals together as a family

    Eating together as a family on a daily basis is essential and provides a chance for parents to introduce their children to new foods and to be role models for healthy eating. 

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