Perhaps it’s the texture, color or consistency of a food that discourages them from eating it, or simply an aversion to specific foods?
Your children are not alone, picky eating is a very common phase for growing children. In fact, research has shown that the average child needs to be repeatedly exposed to new foods before forming an honest opinion on it.
When introducing your child to a new or healthy food, have patience. It may take more than a few times of trying the newly introduced food before your child accepts it. A great way to help children ease into the introduction is by working new food into your typical family meals. Some favorites of ours include:
Cannellini puree: Makes for a great addition to various kid-friendly foods such as mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, tomato sauce, or to thicken up soups. It will add in some extra protein and fiber into your everyday meals.
- 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon water
- herbs and spices of choice
Blend until smooth.
Carrot puree: Add this puree to your favorite tomato sauce, mac and cheese, muffin or pancake recipe. A wonderful way to add more vitamin A and folate to your meals.
- 3 carrot stalks, peeled and diced
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons water
Put sweet potatoes and carrots into a pot, add enough cold water to cover. Boil for 30 minutes or until soft. Drain, then add into your food processor with 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth.
What strategies have you come up with to add nutrients into the diets of your picky eaters?
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Recipes adapted from Parenting.com