2. Sneak in some healthy foods! Do your kids like soup? Try vegetable soup with the fun noodles. Chicken Noodle soup, you can sneak some carrots into those. Add some chopped tomatoes, ham or peas into Mac and Cheese! (made with whole grain pasta) Spaghetti and Meatballs you can sneak some veggies into as well! Most pasta sauces are now made with a serving of veggies too. You can even use some fun specialty noodles so your kids will want to eat it! There are many different healthy variations of food you can make!
3. Don't offer a bribe or a reward for eating. This is my downfall, because I do this often. Try not to offer rewards for eating. Your kids will always expect them. (This is very true) Rather let them learn from their own mistakes. If you make a dinner that your kids don't want, refuse to make another. They may complain and there might be a little meltdown, but they're hungry and they will pick on it.
4. Make the food look fun! For lunch, there are a lot of people who are starting to use Bento Boxes, and that is a good idea. It may take some time and some learning to find out what will work for your child, but it will also intrigue them and make them want to eat what's on their plate. You can make the healthy food into any shape, picture or combination that you want! This is also ideal to use for school lunches. We are ordering some Bento Boxes today and we are going to try this! It looks fun for both parents and children. We also (and this does work sometimes) use cookie cutters to make sandwiches or pancakes into fun designs. Kids are more inclined to want to help and eat what they helped make!
I will continue to do some research and come up with better ways of helping our children eat better. Once I find that out, I will definitely share more of what is working for us and what can help other parents facing the same! Picky eating is common among all children, and I know that it can also be "cured"!
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