Do you know what Monday was? That's right, it was Tempura Day! Who loves tempura? Better question is, whose kiddo loves tempura? My child has tried it, but prefers her California roll better. Yes, my child will eat sushi (well, the basic rolls...no raw squid for her). But, will she eat a basic salad? Nope. With this, the start of the year, renewed pledges for life changes and all that stuff, I am thinking about something I set as a goal all-year-round: how to get my kid to try new foods.
She's not too too picky, but we are definitely in a rut with the meal planning. And, with trying to be budget-conscious, I don't necessarily like to risk too much or else it is wasted food and money if she goes "Ick!"
According to the nutritionists, kid-eating pros, the food experts and all of the rest, I can do something to help:
-- Eat like I want her to eat. That means Mama tries new things, talks about yummy new foods, and the like.
-- Get them involved. From shopping to cooking to little jobs about the kitchen, the more they are involved with the food, the more apt they are to like it.
-- Only make one meal. Don't make different things for everyone. Even if you have super picky kids, like one only loves meat, one won't eat meat, or the like, alternate nights for the main course, and serve a side everyone likes. They won't go hungry...and will e more likely to venture out and try new items.
-- Skip the boring food. Don't serve bland food because you think it will be too spicy. Give spices and flavors that pop a try. That may be the trick you've been missing.
-- Don't give up...it could take as many at 15 encounters with a certain food before your kids will eat more than two bites of it.
Do you have picky eaters? How do you get your kiddos to eat new foods?
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