Tips for Feeding Your Picky Eater

Every family has one—the Picky Eater—the child who complains about the meal’s look and smell, and refuses to taste even a bite. To the rescue are these 50 fun, quirky, tips from parents who got their picky eaters to try new, healthful foods—and actually enjoy them!

The tips, compiled by the Meal Makeover Moms, are included in their new cookbook, No Whine With Dinner. The book features 150 easy-to-make, family-friendly recipes, tested by moms and tasted by kids. SPECIAL OFFER: SchoolFamily.com readers can purchase No Whine With Dinner with free shipping and 30 percent off the list price by ordering the book using Promo Code: FS2011.

Adjust Your Recipes

Try These Tips From The Meal Makeover Moms

When my children complain about something I’m serving, I still request they eat a small amount, but I listen to why they don’t like it and make adjustments. I used to serve broccoli with a cheese sauce on top because I know my children love cheese.

Pretend Not To Share the Good Stuff

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When my daughter does not want to try a specific food, her daddy tells her that the food she refuses to eat is his and that she better not eat it all up. She laughs and starts eating the food so that her daddy can’t get it.

Put Parsley on Everything

Try These Tips From The Meal Makeover Moms

I keep a bottle of dried parsley in the fridge and dust every dish with a little dried, or even better, fresh parsley. This helps the kids realize there is no such thing as “white food,” and it gets them used to the idea that herbs are supposed to be in food.

The Three Pennies Game

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When my children were younger, we played the “Three Pennies Game” at dinnertime. Each of us got three pennies, and the object was to get rid of your pennies before the meal was over.

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