Me in a Tree

New Foods. Picky Eaters.

by Eva Macyszyn, BSW, RSW

Me in a Tree

It’s no secret that children are often a little picky when it comes to food. It can be a challenge to introduce new foods that they not only not fling at you, but actually eat them. Here are just a few tips to get your children to eat new foods.

1. Start at their comfort zone. Instead of introducing a full meal, introduce only portions. For example, if you normally eat rice, just add a new sauce.
2. Eat the food yourself. If you won’t eat new foods, your child is going to think that you are being serious about expanding their palette. You have to walk the talk – try new foods and they will likely follow suit.
3. Travel. If your budget permits you to fly your children across the world for a vacation, then go for it. Try the food from a new country or ethnic region. However, you don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth. You are probably able to travel to the ends of your street. Try the Indian restaurant downtown or the Japanese sushi house in city close-by. Going to new places, including new restaurants, can be a great and easy way to introduce new foods.
4. Make new friends. Host a relaxed dinner party, and invite some people from different cultures. Ask them to bring a dish from their own culture, and encourage all the children to try something from each ethnic region.
5. Try new recipes. Involve your children in making new foods. Children are more likely to eat something if they were involved in the process of making it.

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