Encouraging Kids To Try New Foods
Eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way for your child to get needed nutrients. But how do you encourage kids-notorious for being picky eaters-to explore the wide world of food? According to the health and parenting experts at Kids Health, the answer is pleasant persistence.
It turns out that once is not enough when it comes to kids and trying new foods. It may take up to 15 tries before children warm up to new tastes, research shows. So if your child turns up his nose at green beans or broccoli, don’t assume he will never like those good-for-you green veggies.
Consider starting a new rule at your family table: Everyone takes at least a bite of what’s being served, even if they tried it before and didn’t like it. This exposes kids to new tastes again and again, increasing the odds that they’ll eventually accept some of them. It also makes trying new foods just part of the normal routine. The Kids Health experts offer these tips for implementing this one-bite strategy: