Tips for Picky Eaters

A common worry for many toddler and preschool parents is nutrition.  According to the Mayo Clinic, most children do have adequate variety and nutrients over a week. Bear in mind that as growth begins to slow around the age of two or three, the appetite lessons. 

Here are some tips to help encourage your picky eaters:

  • Limit distractions and encourage mindfulness during mealtimes.  
  • Offer variety (even if it is not met  with success)
  • Limit snacks and calorie-laden drinks between meals
  • When possible, offer 2 healthy options
  • Allow your child to help make selections at the grocery store and during meal prep
  • Do not give in to tantrums
  • Never use food as a reward or as a negative reinforcement
Preschool Snacks

Be sure your child is getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day. Visit​ to learn the daily recommendations. Try adding fruits and vegetables to:

  • Baked goods (zucchini, black beans, etc.)
  • Add chopped or pureed vegetables into favorites (mac & cheese, potatoes, etc.)
  • Add fruits/veggies into breakfast foods (pancakes, muffins, waffles, etc.)
  • Make smoothies
  • Yogurt parfaits
  • Create fruit breakfast pizzas
  • Try vegetarian alternatives (i.e. Spaghetti squash for pasta, cauliflower crust for pizza)

Get creative; the possibilities are endless!

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