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