Kids Eating Healthy
Every parent knows the nightmare of dealing with picky eaters. So what's a parent to do?
- Don't give up - it takes up to 15 exposures to a food before kids accept it! Continue to encourage them to try, but don't force the issue.
- Exposure is important. Incorporate healthy fruits and vegetables into as many dishes as possible in as many different ways as you can. (Bonus: we make it affordable!)
- Avoid the "clean plate" deal, which can create negative impressions. As long as your child takes a few bites, it's better than nothing.
- Get creative and load up kids' favorite foods with Seneca vegetables or fruit.
- Dazzle your kids with color by giving them a broad range of choices.
- Add alphabet noodles or fun shapes to vegetable soups.
- Cut veggies and fruit into shapes or arrange faces on the plate to create a "fun time".
- If everything else fails, try camouflage. Adding vegetables to sauces, omelets, pizza, and baked goods can give them an "added boost" of nutrition.
- Keep quick, healthy snacks available for the "Mom, I'm starving" moments. Try Seneca Snack Chips.
- Blend vegetables with sour cream or fruits with yogurt to create dips for raw vegetables and fruits.
- Get Them Involved! Kids love having command over their food. Just 15 minutes of letting your kids help prepare meals can lead to healthier eating habits as they grow.
- Have your kids list their favorite foods when preparing the grocery list; then stock up on Seneca products so you always have healthy options on hand and you don’t have to worry about them going to waste.
Make sure you visit our Recipe Section for great recipes!