Make It Fun!
Young kids can be picky eaters, particularly if the new food is green or smells different. Learning to enjoy a wide variety of foods takes time. Here are some things you can do to make new foods more appealing:
- Present them in a fun way. A popular example is “ants on a log,” made with celery, peanut butter and raisins.
- Offer healthy dips for vegetables, such as hummus and bean dip.
- Grow vegetables as a family. This can be a lot of fun and kids will take pride in what they grow.
- If you honestly model enjoying new foods in a low-key manner, it is likely your children will want to imitate you. This is a great way to introduce healthy foods from different cultures.
Source: Florida Department of Health