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What do I do about my picky eater?

Keep offering healthy options and encourage your child to try new foods! As long as your child is a healthy weight, don't worry about how much they eat and keep trying.

It's your job to put healthy food choices in front of your children. It's their job to decide how much they are going to eat at any time. Try to avoid being a "short order cook" and playing the "just one more bite" game. Parents always lose that one!

When you make a meal, try to make sure there is at least one item on the table your child will eat, and then cook as you would for the entire family. If your child decides to try something new, offer praise. If they stick to their one true favorite, that's OK too. Your doctor will be able to tell during visits if your child is gaining the appropriate amount of weight, so as long as he or she is, keep offering healthy options and gently encouraging him or her to branch out and try new things.

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  1. This has been such an issue with my 3 year old lately. She has become such a picky eater these days. I have noticed that certain foods she refuses at home, she will eat when I send them with her to school for snack. Her teacher always sends back what is unfinished, but she usually eats everything I send. She see’s others eating healthy and doesn’t want to “let down” her teacher. Thus, the fruits and veggies get eaten at school! Once she gets home, it’s back to the usual picky eating.

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    1. My daughter is the same way- not so much at school but when we have other kids over for meals at our home.

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  2. There are some veggies my kids will only eat if roasted/broiled in the oven, it doesn’t bother me as long as they are eating them!

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  3. I always see a lot of moms or dads make smoothies or recipes with veggies “hidden” in them. It does seem like a great idea, but I want my child to like the veggie eventually on its own! So, I usually just try different vegetables cooked every which way. Usually he ends up liking it or eating it at some point!

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    1. My husband is notorious for the smoothie trick. There’s no harm in it, but I agree that it’s a temporary fix. They’re delish and nutrient-rich, but can’t be a sub for veggies on the plate. 🙂

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