Picky Eater

I have a four year old daughter. And she is SOOO picky when it comes to eating. One look at the food and she says I don’t like it. Or I’m not hungry. I’m so worried that she isn’t the nutrition that she needs, what is a good way to introduce new things without having to sneak them in?

Answer #1

Most little kids are picky eaters at one time or another, and they grow out of it. In the meantime, here are a couple tricks you can try: 1. Make food look tastier. When I was little, I didn’t like eggs, so my Mom made scrambled eggs and put strips of toast at the edges of the plate to look like the sun. She called them sunshine eggs- and I ate them. Or try slicing up a banana and putting a dab of peanut butter in the center, with one chocolate chip on top. (eyeballs) 2. Hide/Dusguise- Ex. If she won’t eat broccoli, try cutting it up really small and putting in salad, or dipping in cheese.

Answer #2

all I can say is goodluck hun all I can get my 5 yr old to eat is grill cheese chicken breast pizza rolls and donuts and he wont change for nothin lol

Answer #3

I am a picky eater. I am 13 and fit. What worked for me was I just had to take one bite to see if I liked it or not. Also don’t worry because tasts change. Mine change a little bit and am eating foods I wouldn’t have when I was littler. Hope this helps!!

Answer #4

one good way to get her to eat is if she sees you or other kids eating them too if she sees you eating it she’ll think its good and if its something popular (or looks like it came from a tv comercial) perhaps you could show her that and say something like “see look at how many other kids like it!” you could always tell her that she cant know if she doesnt like it unless she tries it and you could also offer her a small reward or small treat if she eats the food and then gives you an opinion on it

Answer #5

I hve a couple ideas

  1. give hr somehing to dip hr food in. my little sister loves to dip her veggies in peanut butter&cottage cheese(:

  2. make sure you eat the foods too! no way shes gna eat something she thinks is yucky when you want eat it either!

  3. make sure you don’t let hr snack before meals

  4. make the food cool! try making sandwhiches fun by shaping thm with cookie cutters. most kids don’t like crusts, so its a good way to get rid of those too(:

  5. whn yr at the grocery store ask hr what foods she would like to eat. allow hr to pick out just one snack. (candy, chips, ext)

Answer #6

Put tabasco on the things they think they like and you’ll end that. Also, who’s the Mom in this equation, you or her? Nuff said. When they get older they will change their taste in food anyway. Again, be the Mom and teach that brat what you know is right.

Answer #7

Yeah for one my kid isn’t a brat just because she is a picker eater. Damn. That was a little out of line.

Answer #8

I don’t think so. I agree with him completely, save for the tabasco thing. YOU tell HER what she’s going to eat.

Answer #9

Uhm yeah, I agree, that was out of line…

Most kids are picky eaters at that age, it’s simply the way they think… I know you like to think kids are just tiny adults, but they reason and think differently… perhaps you might actually try taking some child psych classes… there are other ways to interact with a kid than intimidating them

as for your kid, they have chewable vitamins and stuff, and just try and keep the bad stuff out of the house as much as possible… if you dont have things like soda, lots of sugary stuff etc, then she cant get at it… as for introducing new stuff,

One trick that often works for both fruits and vegetables is to find foods that your kids already like to eat, like smoothies, muffins, yogurt, etc., and find recipes that allow you to add fruits or vegetables to them, like banana or zucchini muffins.

The easiest way to get some fruit into your child is to switch from soda and fruit drinks to 100% fruit juice. Although eating whole fruit is better because it also has fiber, 4-6 oz of 100% fruit juice for children 1-6 years old and 8-12 ounces for older children is an easy way to ‘eat’ 1-2 servings of fruit.

Remember that fruit snacks, even those made with ‘real’ fruit, fruit drinks and other snacks with artificial fruit don’t count as a serving of fruit.

Other helpful tips might be to:

let your kids pick the fruits they want to eat when you go shopping mix fruit pieces in with yogurt or serve them with a dip make fruit smoothies offer a fruit salad, with a mix of watermelon, grapes, strawberries, etc. as a dessert or snack make a snack mix with raisins, nuts and cereal add chopped fruit, especially berries and bananas, to your child’s cereal try dried fruits mix in some chopped fruit with jell-o Fruit isn’t usually the big problem though. Getting kids to eat their veggies is usually the bigger challenge.

Creative ways to get your kids to eat more vegetables can include camouflaging them in with other foods, like chopping up and mixing vegetables in with pasta sauces, lasagna, casseroles, soup, chili, omelets, etc. or adding veggie toppings to pizza. You can even find recipes for things like banana raisin pancakes, carrot beef meatballs or zucchini cookies, that your kids might enjoy.

It might also help to:

offer chopped veggies with a dip, like ranch dressing serve vegetables as a stir-fry let your child help prepare the meal start a vegetable garden at home so your kids can eat the vegetables they grow or visit a farm or farmer’s market. What about popcorn? Although often thought of as a grain, it is really just popped corn, which is a vegetable, right? Maybe. But popcorn is usually thought of as a starch or gain and doesn’t count as a serving of vegetables.

Getting kids to eat well, and especially eat fruits and vegetables is a challenge for many parents. To help prevent your child from becoming a picky eater, you should:

start early by offering a large variety of foods to your toddler make mealtimes fun and don’t try to force your kids to eat things they don’t want look for creative ways to offer your kids fruits and vegetables If all else fails, consider offering a multi-vitamin and talk to your Pediatrician.

It can also help to learn about the serving sizes of fruits and vegetables so that your expectations aren’t too high. For toddlers, a serving of vegetables may be as small as a tablespoon per year of age and a 1/2 piece of fresh fruit. Older kids should eat 1 whole fruit, 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of raw vegetables to count as a serving.


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