Don’t Give Up: 5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Everything

“A good tactic to get kids to eat a wide variety of foods is to tell them that tasting new things is a sign they’re growing up. Or, take them shopping and let them choose a new, healthy food to serve at home with something they already like.”

Mom and her daughter cooking in the kitchen

Got a picky eater on your hands? Even if you’re blessed with a child who loves veggie purees, spinach and tomatoes, as a parent, I know that kids’ affinity for healthy foods can come and go. But I’m here to tell you: Stay strong and keep serving those healthy foods.

Research suggests that it takes 10 to 15 tries before a kid will actually eat—and like—a new food. How you serve healthy foods may factor in as well. A recent study showed that school-aged kids (7-10 years old) ate more carrots when they were served whole carrots versus when they were served diced carrots. One of the possible reasons may be that once kids started eating the whole carrot, they were likely to finish it, and so consumed more as a result. No more slicing veggies for the lunchbox? This news will be music to ears of busy parents everywhere…

Read more: http://www.eatingwell.com/article/17631/dont-give-up-5-tips-to-get-your-kids-to-eat-everything/

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