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8 Fun and Effective Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Try New Foods

By Kelsey Banfield |

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Breaking a picky eater is no easy feat. My daughter isn’t a terribly picky eater, but I have to take time to introduce her to new foods. She doesn’t just grab things on her own and gobble them up without question — kids rarely do! Here are a few suggestions for helping your picky eater (or should we just say your child?) explore new foods. I’ve read about or tried all these techniques myself over time. If you have tips of your own,  please share!

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8 Fun & Effective Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Try New Food

Try new foods as a family

Meals become much more pleasant when families eat together at the table. Turn off the TV and let the telephone ring so you can concentrate on dinnertime conversation. When the entire family's eating the same meal, kids are more likely to try something new. It also provides a calm, happy atmosphere to discuss the tastes and textures of a new dish. Start with something easy and family-friendly, like this recipe.
Make chicken and stars soup

Photo: Kathy Patalsky

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “8 Fun and Effective Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Try New Foods

  1. Alley says:

    I love your tips – especially the tip about adding something new to a food that they already like. Mac n’ cheese, I’ve noticed, is a great medium. Tuna, peas, carrots, etc. I need to get back on that “let’s expand that palate, kiddo!” bandwagon. My daughter drives me nutso with her food ruts, although I’ll admit, the poor thing comes by it honestly on both sides.

  2. Kristen Yarker, RD says:

    Two of your suggestions have worked for many of the families who I’ve served to transform their picky eaters into food-confident kids.
    1) Small servings are much less intimidating. And many kids love “special mini” things because they’re made small just for kids like them.
    2) Kids really do eat better when a trusted adult eats the same foods together with them. The whole family is great, but one parent, grandparent, nanny, etc is good too. Also, the meal eaten together doesn’t need to be dinner – breakfast, lunch and snacks are great times to eat together too.
    Kristen Yarker, RD

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