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| Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 07:00AM

Picky EatersDo you have a picky eater? Here are 10 tips for dealing with picky eaters:

  1. Let your children have a say in what they eat. Take them to the store with you, and let them pick out fruits and vegetables they like.
  2. Get your kids involved in the kitchen. Let your kids do simple tasks, like stirring and washing vegetables, to help prepare dinner.
  3. Keep junk food out of the house. If the food is not there, they can’t eat it.
  4. eep nutritious foods at eye level. Have carrot sticks, celery, apples and bananas in places where your kids can get to them.
  5. Sneak fruits and veggies into your kid’s favorite foods. Add mashed cauliflower to mashed potatoes, blueberries to pancakes or broccoli to macaroni and cheese.
  6. Serve foods in different ways. If your child does not like cooked carrots, try raw carrot sticks. Cut fruits and vegetables in different shapes, and cook them in different ways.
  7. If at first you don’t succeed, try again in a few weeks. Just because they don’t like it one week doesn’t mean they will not like it a few weeks later.
  8. Encourage your children to just try one bite. They may think they don’t like green beans because of one bad experience, but they may discover green beans aren’t that bad.
  9. If they will only eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pick whole-grain bread, natural peanut butter and a jam with the highest NuVal score. If there is only one type of food they will eat, get the most nutritious form of that food.
  10. Be a good role model. If you push your carrots away, what makes you think your children are going to eat them? Make sure that as a parent you’re setting an example to eat nutritious foods.
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