Toddlers can be some of the pickiest eaters and food critics. It can be frustrating when they spit out what you feed them or leave you with a full tray of untouched food. Here are a few tips to help peak your child’s interest and some examples of meals you can prepare that picky toddlers will love.
Where to begin?
With our first, we were so discouraged by her growing distaste for veggies. We started out so strong but then it seemed like we were going down hill, until we started to give her some sort of “sauce” for every meal. Try giving your toddler small pieces of whole wheat bread and a small bowl of peanut or almond butter or a small container of salad dressing with steamed carrots.
When you “rename” the foods that your child eats, they may be more interested in what you have to offer. For example, broccoli could be renamed trees or bread could be cut into long pieces and called sticks. This makes the foods seem familiar and fun, not foreign.10 Creative Lunch And Dinner Ideas For Picky Toddlers Click To Tweet
Just prepare them differently. Andrew Zimmern, famous for preparing bizarre foods, shares a 2010 study that showed that children who tried a food 8 or 9 times began to like it more. “You can prepare food in methods inspired by different cultures or just change the way they are cooked. It’s okay for your child to have a distaste for some foods but, don’t give up on a food until you’ve given them the opportunity to develop a taste for it.”
Feed them what you eat. Toddlers have ever changing preferences for food.and they will not let themselves starve.Resist the convenience of becoming a short order cook. When they see you making healthy choices they will follow in your footsteps.