Managing a Picky Eater
“This post was developed in partnership with Similac. All opinions are my own.”
Newsflash: my child is not perfect. Max is many things: smart, funny, handsome, but one thing he is not is a great eater. I know, you’re wondering how can this be? Look at those cheeks and those chubby thighs. Well, I can tell you Max does an excellent job of eating french fries, pasta, meatballs and ice cream. Broccoli and spinach? Not so much. That’s right he’s a picky eater.
My kids are as different as night and day
Mealtimes have been particularly challenging because Ava, my oldest child, is a fantastic eater and my son, Max is not. Ask her to name some of her favorite foods, and she will list off salmon, broccoli, corn, Brussel sprouts, and chicken. When I was pregnant with Max, I figured that being a mother for the second time would be so easy. I already knew what to do and had managed to have a healthy, thriving two-year-old. How hard could it be to throw in one more? The next one will be just like the first, right? Little did I realize that my two children would be like night and day.
Picky Eater Solutions
Here are some of the solutions I have come up with to help me manage Max’s constant cry of “NOOOOO” when a plate of veggies is put in front of him.
- Always Introduce New Foods- I never say, “Oh, Max won’t like that.” It’s a requirement in my house that we all give our food a chance, no matter what. Who’s to say that what he hates today, he won’t love tomorrow? Everyone’s food preference changes and no child goes to college eating only bananas and bread (or at least I hope.)
- Supplement Their Eating- I’ve been using Similac’s Go & Grow Toddler Drink Powder to add to Max’s water ensuring that he meets his daily nutritional needs. Each serving supplies over 25 vitamins and minerals and has 30% Daily Value of iron, calcium, and vitamins C & E. Check out SheSpeaks $50 Walmart Giveaway.
- Hide Vegetables in EVERYTHING- I make sure to hide veggies in my meatball recipe, my taco meat, my spaghetti sauce and every other place I think possible. The key is to chop up the veggies tiny so that they blend well and are as invisible as ninjas.
- Go and Grow by Similac Pouches- These fruit and veggie pouches are a complete lifesaver. They are super convenient to throw into my bag so I can rest assured that I have something for Max to eat in case he refuses everything else. I love that Go & Grow by Similac Pouches are Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO, contain no fillers, artificial flavors or colors and are gluten free. Check out Ibotta’s amazing $0.50 cash back offer.
- You are not alone- No matter what that mom in school told you, no child is a perfect eater. Heck, I’m not a perfect eater! We all go through phases, and our tastes change. Embrace each win and know you’re doing your best. One day you’ll look up, and your child will be happily shoveling broccoli into their mouth (or so we hope!)
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