Tips To Deal With Picky Eaters

Open refrigerator full of fresh fruit and vegetablesPicky Eaters and National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, which means it is the perfect time to start looking for small changes you can make to start living a healthier lifestyle. National Nutrition Month was started to help call attention to the importance of making healthy food choices and adding physical activity into your everyday life.

If you have kids that are picky eaters, you may dread mealtime every day. While chicken nuggets can be a good snack in a pinch, they should not make up your child’s entire diet. Keep these tips in mind to help get your picky eater to start eating healthy, more balanced meals.

  • Do not stress out at meal times – if you are stressed out, your child will become stressed out. Keep in mind that there is no magic solution to get your kids to start eating healthy. It will take time to find healthy foods that your child likes, so remember to be patient.
  • Do not make your child clear their plate – making children clear their entire plate before they leave the table is an old, outdated way of thinking. Children have a great sense of their hunger. If they do not finish everything on their plate, it may just be because they are not hungry.
  • Try to avoid bribes – bribing your children to eat their veggies sends the message that vegetables are not fun and delicious and require special conditions to eat. Bribing your children will not make healthy eating easier in the long run.
  • Try for one bite – if your child refuses to eat all of their veggies, try to get them to just take one bite. If they refuse, do not get mad. Keep bringing veggies back for each meal and give them the chance to try it again.

All of us at Alliance Group in Fairport, New York would like to encourage you to keep these tips in mind to help you and your family stay healthy this month.