Yes, the picture above shows broccoli, a much-maligned veggie. One that often gets a bad rap, perhaps not as much as Brussel sprouts, but there are quite a few folks and a lot of kids that just don't like the green mini trees. I am lucky that my kid loves broccoli...however my kid would still fall into the category of a picky eater. Not the pickiest eater I've seen in the under-10 set, but, yeah, she's kind of picky. She basically likes her chicken nuggets, her pizza, her mac-n-cheese, the usual kid fare. Granted, she also loves edamame and California rolls and most pasta, but a turkey sandwich? Fuggedaboutit. She won't even do string cheese.
Attempting to get her to have a bite of a new food is tough at best, and in everything I've read, I just need to keep putting new foods in front of her and encouraging her to try at least two bites. Another way: remember you aren't running a restaurant. Make one dinner, one meal for the family, not a specific meal for one picky kiddo and a different meal for another. That totally negates their chance to learn to like a new food. The thing is, have a back-up option they will eat (could be even a bowl of cereal or a salad or soup or pasta).
One great idea I ran across: retooling a new food with the help of the kids. Involving them, having them come up with ideas on how to make a new veggie yummy gives them control in the process...making them infinitely more likely to, well, like it. Maybe chopping it up into lasagna or chunking it into a pan with chicken and some sauce they like.
It's so frustrating, I know, but following some of these hints have worked....as has adding ketchup to everything.
How do you deal with your picky-eater kid? What will -- or won't -- they eat?