Want Your Picky Eater to Try New Foods? Here's An Often Overlooked Opportunity! by Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD

Parenting
11 months ago
Want Your Picky Eater to Try New Foods? Here's An Often Overlooked Opportunity!

After-school snacks are a great (and often overlooked) opportunity to contribute to kids’ nutrition. Many kids have big appetites at this time. And, appetite is a great motivator for kids to try new foods. Take advantage of this natural window of opportunity.

  • Plan snacks that include foods from two or more food groups.
  • Frequently, give your child a snack that includes what I call a “challenging’ food.” A challenging food is either a new food or a food that your child has seen many times but hasn’t tried yet.
  • Think outside the snack aisle. It’s mostly filled with highly processed, junky foods. Instead, look for easy-to-eat versions of meal foods.
  • Leftovers work great, too! For example, make a quesadilla filled with cheese and leftover veggies from last night’s dinner.

When school's out for summer, try challenging/healthy foods as an afternoon play-break snack!

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