How many times does your little one turn up her nose at a veggie or you find yourself begging or bargaining with her… “Eat two bites of turkey and you can have some ice cream!!”
Remember most toddlers/preschoolers are picky eaters.
What can you do? First, keep child on feeding schedule of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cut out snacking/grazing if child is not eating meals. Remember to serve children a balanced meal – of tiny amounts! – by using the plate method: 1/2 veggies and fruit, 1/4 protein, 1/4 grains.
Model healthy eating habits by eating healthful foods. Make mealtime special family time by turn off the screens (TV, Cell phone, tablets, video games) during meal times. And most important of all, do not reward proper eating with sweets. We call sugary foods “sometimes foods” in my household, so the expectation is that they are not part of the daily diet.
Here are some links to learn more about dealing with picky eaters:
Picky Eaters – Toddlers (ages 1 to 3) (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Picky Eaters video (American Academy of Pediatrics)
How to Please Fussy Eaters (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Tips for Picky Eaters (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
10 Tips for dealing with a picky eater (American Heart Association)
Healthy Tips for Picky Eaters (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Phrases that Help and Hinder (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Kitchen Activities (Ages 2 to 5) (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding
Good luck and Bon Appetit!
Thursday, 11 May 2017 9:06 PM