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Health Tip: Dealing With Picky Eaters

-- Getting children who are picky eaters to eat healthy foods may be a challenge.

The American Academy of Pediatricians offers these suggestions:

  • Pack lots of nutrients in your meals, such as by adding grated veggies into baked breads, muffins, pastas and soups, and adding nonfat dry milk into milkshakes or puddings.
  • Offer the child a favorite food if he or she also eats something that isn't well-liked.
  • Even if your child refused a food once, try serving it again.
  • Let children participate in preparing food so they're more anxious to eat it.
  • Prepare foods in fun and interesting ways, such as by cutting them into fun shapes or adding a smiley face.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods yourself, providing a good example for your child.

Posted: June 2010


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