If you are a parent of a toddler, you know that eating can be one of the most challenging tasks of the day! I have a two and a half year old and some days he eats like a champ, but most days he’s pushing the plate to the side and saying “yuck.” Saying “yuck,” mind you, to the same thing he has loved for the past few months! When my son was a baby and just learning to eat he loved all the vegetables along with chicken and beef. I felt like I wasn’t going to have one of those “picky eaters.” At around 15 months my world was turned upside down and all of a sudden he decided he no longer wanted any veggies! What?! As a kid, I was practically a vegetarian, so I was not prepared to have a meat and potatoes kind of kid!
First, I started by only cooking one meal for dinner. I’m not a short-order cook, and refuse to make multiple meals. He eats what we eat. I always put everything that I cooked on his plate (smaller portions of course). Even though I know he won’t eat the vegetables they are always on his plate: 1-2 carrots, green beans, or a spoonful of peas. I offer it up! I also find that when he see’s me eating healthy snacks like hummus with raw carrots and cucumbers or apples with peanut butter he wants to try it and eat it too! You have to lead by example.
Here are a few things that I have found work with getting my picky eater (and others) to actually eat the good stuff!
Recipes for picky eaters:
What are your tips and tricks to get your picky toddler to eat their fruits and veggies? Have any recipe suggestions? Leave us a comment below!