When traveling it is so important to eat an array of nutritious foods to ensure we get the right essential vitamins and minerals. However, this could be extremely difficult if you have a picky palate and refuse to try new foods. Many are all wondering the same thing: what is the best way to introduce my picky eater to healthy new food options?
Booginhead founder and inventor of Squeez'ems reusable food pouches, Sari Davidson-Crevinm brainstormed six ways to make tough foods appealing for picky eaters. They are sure to help you get interested in eating something other than doughnuts and macaroni and cheese!
- Be patient with new foods. Trying a new foods takes time. Avoid pressuring your picky eater and try to make it a positive experience. Encourage them by talking about a food's color, shape, smell, and texture. Experts say it can take as many as 10 exposures to a new food before a picky eater decides if they like it.
- Get picky eaters involved with meals. Get them involved with the process, from grocery shopping to preparing meals. Also ask for their help when planning the meal. They will feel more in control if they help to make the food decisions.
- Plant a garden. Most love digging in the dirt, planting seeds, picking ripe fruits and vegetables, and washing them. Picky eaters will be much more interested in eating what they helped to grow.
- Make the meal a fun affair. Gather the family around the table and make dinnertime a time to talk about your day and create a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for eating without pressure. Serve veggies with a favorite dip or sauce. Use cookie cutters to make shapes, serve on a fun plate, and get creative. Also offer breakfast foods for dinner, and serve a variety of brightly colored foods.
- Change The Texture. Puree foods so that texture is not an obstacle to healthy eating. You can create all kinds of nutritious combinations of fruits and vegetables by turning it into a smoothie! Then serve it in a reusable food pouch! The new screw top Squeez’Ems reusable and refillable food pouches hold healthy purees so picky eaters can eat healthy while on-the-go. They are easy to fill, clean, and store, and they are also BPA, PVC, and Phthalate-free.
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Sari Davidson-Crevin is founder of Booginhead. The company invents innovative, fun and functional products that help parents solve every day problems and simplify their lifestyles. For example, the Squeez'Ems eco-friendly reusable food pouch; great for on-the-go families, DIY baby foods, and apple sauce, yogurts or smoothies in school lunch boxes. For more info, visit Booginhead’s website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.