When it comes to feeding our picky eaters, it can be tough to find recipes that provide nutrition while pleasing the pickiest of palates. If you have a child that wants to eat chicken nuggets for every meal, every day, and are tired of stocking up on homemade chicken nuggets or whatever their favorites are and wished your kids would eat healthier options, check out these ten ideas to help you add a little more variety and nutrition to their meals. Struggling with picky eating? Each one also includes the nutritional goal for the snack, so you have a heads up of the nutritional benefits it has to offer come snack time. Perfect for snack time, these add a little more nutrition in each bite. Pair them with a little yogurt for a delicious, protein-rich snack. Grab the recipe. Fruit roll-ups are adored by kids and this version is made with fresh berries and a tiny amount of honey for extra sweetness. Nutritional Goal: Minimal added sugar and made with real berries. Made with fresh cheese and puff pastry, homemade cheese straws are an amazing snack or appetizer recipe. Serve them in a lunchbox with marinara sauce for dipping or alongside soup and salad at dinner.
But that means you need to dial in your diet and finally face the foods that make your palate pucker. Luckily, there are ways to get around your picky palate and expand your food horizons. For some foods, particularly produce and protein, children simply showed an innate like or dislike. Kids are also born with palates that tend to be more sensitive to bitter and sweet flavors than adults, so what you may have hated as a child boo, spinach! Then again, some picky kids simply grow into picky adults. The journal Appetite reports that adults who are picky eaters have the same taste sensitivity that they had as picky kids: Picky-eating adults described sweet- and bitter-flavor profiles as more intense than non-picky eaters. Instead of changing everything you eat all at once, start with small changes. Instead of a side of potato chips, try a veggie-filled pasta salad instead. Or try a different way of cooking your food: Instead of frying, try baking or grilling. Remember that just as baby steps take a longer time for a child to get from point A to point B, so does making small changes with your eating. However, if you stick with it, you can gain speed and make progress. Worried her client would never make the switch to a healthier plate, Jensen started simple, using ingredients the client was familiar with and branching out with new items slowly and occasionally.
Close View image. Dinner can be the toughest meal of the day when you have picky eaters, and I know it can be easy to settle for a less nutritionally dense meal as long as it keeps the peace. Lunch Mushrooms on granary toast — mushrooms are delicious lightly fried in olive oil with a little milk, low-fat Philadelphia and wholegrain mustard. Nutritional Goal: Minimal added sugar and made with real berries. You can try it again, later, prepared in a different way. Chickpeas out of the can be a bit boring, even to an adult.
Add a comment Another option? Brown sliced onions, garlic and ginger and set to one side, then thinly slice the vegetables pepper, broccoli and carrots all work well and fry in a wok with sunflower oil.