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What are some ways to get kids to eat healthy foods?

 

Q. My 2 3/4 year old grandson does not eat a variety of foods. We (mom and I) are trying to incorporate other healthy foods in his diet to no avail. He will go without eating if he doesn’t get the same things all the time. For example: apples, mac and cheese, peanut butter on toast, and green beans. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you, Laurie

 

A. Having a picky preschooler is normal. Although incorporating a variety of foods into his diet is important, so is not making a big deal out of it. Children learn about foods in a variety of ways. They have to smell it, touch it, taste it, see you enjoying it, and then maybe they might try it or you might offer it ten times before they decide to give it a try. Preschool age children are still working on communication and if you are pushing food and getting upset about it, they will push right back and get upset about it. Don’t find yourself in a food fight. Just offer the same foods you are eating at a meal and pair it with something you know he likes. Encourage him to take two or three bites of the other foods on his plate and reinforce that this is what we are eating at this time. Check out our Healthy Kids section for kid-friendly recipes and activities.

 
 
 
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