Back to basics tip #11: I would consider Kaye a picky eater. Her default foods: mac and cheese and peanut butter sandwich (no jelly). She didn’t get that way until around 20 months. She started having an opinion about food… texture, tastes and visual presentation. To encourage her to try new foods, we require her experiment with something new each day. We present it to her as the surprise food of the day. It can be something she has never tried before or a food cooked differently. She has to take at least three bites of it, because she is 3.
This has slowly exposed her to the foods Nathan and I eat. Cut down on me cooking two different meals, one for us and one for Kaye. And to our surprise, she has liked many of the surprise foods. She discovered zucchini, squash, tacos and so much more. If after trying a type of food and finding it unfavorable, I try to cook it in a different form or mix it with something she does like.
» Tell me… How do you get your children to try new foods?