Isn't it just a classic scenario, a mom running around with a plate of veggies trying to feed her little one??
It ends up that the kids nibble on a few bites at most and the plate gets washed away or at best eaten by mom.
"Whats wrong with my child, why is he so picky?"
Well don't worry. You're not the only one.
Most toddlers are known to be picky eaters for many reasons.
At this age, your child stops growing as fast as they did when they were a baby. So they actually need less food. They are also distracted by all the new things around them that they want to explore now. They tend to nibble on small snacks throughout the day and not eat big set meals. It's Ok , just let them be.
So how can I make eating interesting for them?
1) Be creative.
Use cookie cutters with fruits. Shape their apples into moons. Have cutouts and smileys on their sandwiches. They will be fascinated.
2) Make them cook.
Kids just love working in the kitchen (God knows why :D) let them help you out, wash the veggies or set them on their plates.
3) Give them options
You don't have to be a dictator when it comes to what they eat. Give them several healthy options and let them choose
"Honey would you like to have some cucumbers or a sandwich?"
Even better, put their snacks on a low shelf that they could reach and on the lowest shelf of the fridge so they could just
grab something when they want to.
4) Eat together
Share food with your little one or let them share with their siblings or friends. They like eating what others are eating.
5) Use Colorful Plates and cutlery
Kids just love colors and characters. If they love Dora or Spiderman, then use their extra super Spiderman fork for their special snacks.
6) Juice it
If your kids would rather drink specially on hot days, let them drink it. Make smoothies, blend their fruits and veggies and flavor them.
7) Have a big plate or tray with snacks for them to nibble on throughout the day.
Healthy Snack Ideas:
- Baked sweet potato fries
- fruits sliced ( apples, bananas, oranges, dates, mangoes, strawberries)
- cheese cubes
- veggies sliced (cucumbers, carrots, celery, avocadoes, ) with/ without dip
- boiled egg slices
- peanut butter and jam
- crackers with cheese and tomato
- oatmeal cookies
- whole grain cookies and milk
- fruit popsicles
- whole grain cereals
- whole grain pasta or noodles
- nuts (watch out while they eat them)
- whole grain waffles
- dried fruit
- homemade popcorn
- frozen yoghart
- mini sandwiches (tuna, chicken, eggs, cheese)
- banana chips
By: Farah Helmy, a passionate young mother of two beautiful kids, who has long researched positive parenting and is willing to share her experiences with all caring parents.