Try, Try, and Try Again
Science says it takes more than 12 times to develop a taste for a new food. It sounds like a lot of tries, but it just might be worth it!
If you cook it, they will come! Cooking with even the tiniest of kids (think safe tasks like mixing salads, stirring batters) opens up a world of exploration. It builds new brain connections and piques interest in trying new food. Research tells us that kids are more likely to try foods they’ve played with, helped prepare or explored.
One meal for everyone (the family who eats together…)
Picky eaters are more likely to follow what Mom, Dad, Big Brother, Little Sister, Cousin (you get the idea) eat. Prepare just one meal for everyone and offer no substitutions.
Don’t Push it
Keep putting new foods on her plate, and encourage her to try but don’t force it. Even if just a bite or two makes it down, she’ll be developing her palate without even knowing it.
Healthy Stuff First
Start with veggies and protein and hold off on serving (everyone) carbs and cheese until she’s at least had a few bites of the healthy (read: less favored) stuff. Kids are more likely to try stuff when they’re really hungry.
Treat All Foods Equally
If you waiver when introducing brussels sprouts but enthusiastically endorse macaroni and cheese, your kids will, too. Talk as though all foods are equally delicious (even if you don’t believe it) and be a role model. Eat YOUR veggies first!
Keep Calm and Mom On.