It can be difficult to prepare a healthy meal for a child, even if they are open to trying new food. However, a child who is a picky eater is even more difficult to feed. A child who is a picky eater will most likely not try a food they aren’t familiar with. They will absolutely shy away from new foods.
To get your child to eat healthy diet foods, like fruits and vegetables, try introducing new foods to them very gradually, such as one new food a week. The best thing to do is to start when they are young, introducing new foods periodically.
Always have fresh vegetables like carrots, broccoli and celery around the house for your child to graze on to prevent them from reaching for junk food, which can lead to an obese or overweight child. Try pairing vegetables with low-fat ranch, yogurt or peanut butter dips to encourage healthy eating for any weight loss diet.
Another tip is getting your child involved in meal preparation. If you make cooking more interactive, they will more likely be willing to try what they have created. If all else fails don’t be discouraged; it takes almost 5-6 times for a child to accept a new food. Keep trying to introduce nutrient dense foods, and they will be eating healthy in no time!
Written by Adrienne Pellechia, Nutritionist at Camp Shane weight loss camp for children