Tips on how to get those picky eaters to eat.

Today, I had a mom ask me for advice on how to get her picky eater to eat.  I’m sure a few other parents are wondering the same thing.

An example of what a dinner at our house is like, tonight we had:

  • Mahi Mahi with sage, butter and garlic
  • Seared Ahi Tuna with Chanterelle Mushrooms sauteed in Ghee
  • Farro with pomegranate, feta, red onions, olive oil and sea salt
  • Bok Choy sauteed with garlic and pastured lard
  • Leafy Green Salad with avocado, pomegranate, pine nuts, lemon olive oil and balsamic

I served them a little of everything and they finished everything, except the Farro.  I think the feta and red onions were a bit strong for them, but they did eat some of it.  They asked for seconds of the rest of the food and everyone went to bed satiated and happy.

I am speaking from my own experience on how to get a picky eater to eat.  My kids didn’t automatically start eating everything I made, my 2 girls were limited in what they wanted to eat.  They now will try everything I make and happily eat it.

Here are a few things you can do to get your kids to start eating more of what you eat or want them to eat:

  • Try to not have your child snack at least an hour before dinner.
  • Sit down and eat together as a family.
  • Don’t have the kids get up until everyone is finished, that goes for adults too.
  • Make the same meal for everyone.  You are not a short order cook.
  • Have your kids help, it can be something as easy as putting the food in the food processor and pressing the button (my 4 year old did that tonight with the garlic and sage).
  • Even if the kids don’t like a certain vegetable or food. Keep making it.  They will get use to seeing it on their plate, seeing the rest of the family eating it and maybe start eating more each time.  Put a little on their plate and have them take a bite or 2 before they get seconds of another food.
  • Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by serving spicy flavored foods.  You can always add more flavor to your plate.
  • Add butter and sea salt to the veggies they may not like (or even to veggies they like).
  • Don’t serve fruit with your main meals, have it as a dessert or snack.  You want your child to go for the food that is most nutrient dense with the least amount of sugar.

Don’t give up, take small steps.  It may take your kids awhile, but they may surprise you.