The chicken tenders and French fries that come in clever shapes from a box in the freezer may be something that you want to discourage your child from eating. If they want that shape, try grinding up food and battering it yourself before baking it, shaping the ground up paste into whatever shape that your child loves to eat. Make a project out of it with your children! They may find that they enjoy making this food as much as you enjoy them eating it.
This is probably the most difficult hurdle to jump with your picky eater. At some point, you’re going to have to face that they won’t eat an alternative and you can’t make them. The answer is to mimic the tastes of the foods that they love with healthier options. This takes a lot of trial and error as well as studying food labels but it’s possible. Make small batches so that you’re not wasting anything and perhaps get some friends over who also deal with picky eaters so that you can all experiment together.
- Separate Foods
Sometimes, children simply don’t want to eat a meal where everything is mixed together like a casserole or pie-type dish. You can still give them healthy options by cooking the ingredients separately as you go. Make your casserole for the rest of the family but put aside a small amount of each ingredient for your picky eater so that they can have their separated foods.
Have a Conversation
The easiest way to get to the bottom of the reasons why you’re getting silly faces and food spit back on the plate is to talk to your picky eater. Let them tell you why they don’t like certain foods and you’ll better be able to decide how to get healthy options into their diet!