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Do you get a euphoric high out of seeing your little ones eat lean protein and green vegetables? And do you also want to feel this feeling more than twice a year? Read on and prepare to hear the sweet sounds of “More avocado toast, mama!”
Yes, that bag of Pirate’s Booty may freeze a meltdown in its tracks, but cut down on the between-meals extras, then watch her inhale green beans almandine.
If you’re stuck in a mac and cheese and chicken nugget rut, try placing one new healthy option on a plate with two tried-and-true favorites.
You don’t need to prepare a seven-course spread in the hopes your kid will try a few healthy bites of this or that. In fact, an overabundance of options overwhelms small children. Stick to the 2:3 ratio and introduce new option as a side dish.
While it’s tempting to present cauliflower as “mashed potatoes” and lace their brownies with applesauce, kids should be able to identify the new foods they’re tasting—so that when they discover something they do like, they can ask for it again.
Experts at pediatric clinics tempt picky eaters with tiny morsels (think a kernel of corn or a single grain of rice). Encourage your child to try the new food then offer him a bite of his favorite as a reward. Then, gradually increase the portion size of the healthy stuff.
It might take up to 15 (!) tries before your kid tries a bite of a new food, but nothing spells defeat like asparagus gratin on the floor. Is it any wonder we give up too soon? Here's a fix: Offer the new food during a low-pressure eating time, like an after-school snack.
While milk has essential nutrients, check with your doctor about how many ounces your growing child should really be drinking every day—and consider switching to 2%. A liquid diet could be curbing her cravings for solids.
Ever see a kid who “hates” pizza scarf it down at a birthday party? Invite a kid who eats everything over for lunch and let the pint-size influencer work his magic. If he swipes a slice of grilled chicken off your kid’s plate, try to conceal your excitement when your kid steals it back.
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