Begging, bribing, patience, punishments, ultimatums … sometimes it seems children would starve before eating the V word (vegetables). It’s as if eating healthy is some form of torture, or battle of wills that usually ends in the favor of the persistent kids who don’t really care if they eat that day or not.
However, what kids don’t understand is that parents care very, very much! That’s why books, articles, support groups, eating specialists, etc. exist on the topic. I’ve desperately done my research and here are some top resources that have actually worked in my home.
The Evil Zucchini
I wrote this poem when I was 8. Guess what- I still hate zucchini but it’s no longer my mother’s fault. If you want to take the blame off of yourself, lift a huge weight off your shoulders, and watch your kids actually choose to eat the first meal you make them you must learn these six words that will end picky eating – guaranteed from Scary Mommy.
Geez mom, I’m Hungry for Chips, not Chicken!
This article is from a mom who can relate to the frustration of kids underfoot, begging for cookies and juice, then refusing to eat the healthy home cooked meal you were fixing the whole time they were pestering! For a holistic approach to turn picky eating around in one week or less without bribing, sneaking, or battling, check out The Picky Eating Solution from Health Home and Happiness.
One thing that all these resources share is the importance of restoring healthy gut flora in our children. Healthy gut microbiome has been scientifically proven to have positive health effects on people of all ages. For some kid-approved probiotic rich foods that help restore their little “tummy flowers” check out this article from Jennifer Soldner, a self-help author, Empathic Life Coach, and mother.
Other Tips and Cool Stuff
My picky eater daughter came up with a great idea one night. She wanted us all to take turns rolling a dice at the dinner table. Whatever number we rolled was how many bites of our food we needed to take. It was fun and she was more interested in the game than what she was actually ingesting!
Another way to make healthy eating more fun and keep kids from panicking are these great kid-friendly tools from the company Pick-Ease. A busy mom with years of experience working with children of all abilities noticed her picky eaters were more likely to eat food off of a stick. She decided to create a safer, more kid friendly version of a toothpick and viola- Pick-Ease was born! They have generously offered a coupon code for our readers. Enter the code Friends in their store for 10% off your purchase!
The Eating A Rainbow Program empowers children to make their own healthy food choices by choosing a food of each color of the rainbow to eat everyday. Their site also includes fun downloadable charts, games, crafts and recipes!
When you have a few kid-free minutes check out our Pinterest Board Healthy Happy Kids for some great kid friendly healthy recipes and other informative articles!