4 Tips for Adventurous Eaters

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Picky, picky. It's so annoying trying to get children to eat well. Here's help. All you have to do is carry the advice through!

Do you have picky eaters? Want them to love eating with you? Try these easy tips and see what happens.

1) Don’t cook to order

Want your kids to eat well? Don’t ply them with endless snacks, then when you’ve prepared dinner say, “This is what’s for dinner. If you don’t like it, that’s fine; you don’t have to eat it. But there isn’t anything else.” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concurs with this philosophy and says children should eat what their parents eat for the best long-term outcome.

2) Make the food tasty

Kids may not want to eat spicy and garlicky, but a steady diet of bland pasta and butter will only help develop a rut.  Provide a steady diet of flavorful foods for your family, offering up different flavors of vegetables, fruits and main course from time to time and encouraging everyone to try things new — Mom and Dad included.

3) Always have vegetables or salads

Rather than insisting that your kids eat cooked carrots or steamed broccoli, try incorporating vegetables into the main course being served. In Jessica Seinfeld’s book, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kid to Eat Good Food, she offers up all kinds of great ideas for incorporating vegetables in unique, yummy ways.

4) Eat together

As parents, try to avoid the “we eat after the kids” routine. Kids who eat with their parents eat better, the AAP says. If you can manage to eat dinner with the kids — or even just one of you — and demonstrate good eating habits, your kids will be encouraged to eat better.



Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.

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