How We Encouraged Our Picky Eater to Try New Foods!Emily McClements
I believe that one of my most important jobs as a mom is to cook and prepare healthy meals for my family. Usually it’s a juggling act of trying to keep the baby entertained and away from the oven, dealing with my older kids rummaging through the cupboards because they’re HUNGRY. RIGHT. NOW! and trying to keep the food from burning because I got distracted by one of them.
So when dinner is finally ready to be served, it is a true labor of love.
One of the things that drives me crazy is when one of the kids is eyeing up the food while I’m preparing it and declares, “Gross! I hate that! I’m not eating that!” before they’ve even tried one bite of it. It makes this mama’s blood boil!
At our house, we have a “No Thank You Bite” rule. First of all, the kids are not supposed to say that they don’t like something before they’ve tried it, but as I already mentioned, that doesn’t always stop them. Then while we’re eating, if they don’t want to eat something, we still expect them to take one or two “no thank you bites” so that they can taste it and decide whether they really like it or not.
It’s always a sweet revenge when they take a bite of something that they were sure they wouldn’t like, only to decide that it’s actually really good.
Take, for example, the juicing kick my family’s been on lately. We like to make fresh vegetable and fruit juices, and when we first started this, my daughter was super skeptical. She’s one of those super picky eaters that doesn’t like to try new things, especially new vegetables.
So as she was watching my husband put the different vegetables into the juicer, she declared: “Yuck! That is disgusting! There is no way I’m going to drink that!”
“Just wait,” we told her. “You don’t know you won’t like it until you try it.”
“No!” she insisted. “I won’t like it!”
So hubs finished making the juice and poured it into glasses for the rest of us. When my daughter saw how much we were all enjoying our juice, she was curious and decided she wanted to try some after all. I gave her a taste of mine and almost immediately she smiled: “Mmmmmm! That is GOOD!”
I wanted to say, “I told you so!” so badly. But I stopped myself and just enjoyed the moment where she realized that we were right and that she did like it after all.
Now she is always asking us to make her juice, and the best part for me is that she is drinking vegetables that she would never dream of eating!
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