My kids are 7 & 11, and they are OPPOSITES.
I have one defensive kid who likes bread and cake; one seeker kid who is a devout carnivore and eats raw purple onions… and chives right out of the garden.
Successfully feeding them both is an adventure!
If you have a picky eater, it may even be a grown-up.
It’s funny what grownups bring along with them… unfamiliarity with flavors or vegetables, family prejudices or favorites… kids or adults, I want us all to eat together and work on making that pleasant for everyone at the table.
But of course I want it to be easy on me, too! 🙂
My best tip to accommodate picky eaters is this: Keep your ingredients separated. Soups, casseroles, sandwiches… Most of the time, that’s all it takes. Thing 1 will eat noodles, chicken, and carrots. But not if they are mixed together in a broth.
Once I figured this out, it saved me so much stress and worry!
Most of the time, he’s eating the same things we are, after all. Perhaps a little more noodles and a little less everything else, but he’s eating in each food group. And that is progress — no more chasing him with a spoon for “one more bite.”
I have also been working on tip2: creating delicious smells for them to come home to, or to sneak up on them if we’re all at home, and asking them to smell new foods or dishes to get acquainted with them.
The olfactory sense is an integral part of taste. Cultivating an acquaintance and eventual pleasure of something baking in the oven or simmering in the crock pot is a hassle-free way to introduce new foods and new flavors.
Sometimes those savory aromas will convince your picky eater to try something where the foods are all touching! Indeed, I credit the school lunch program at the little hippie private school they attended — where delicious dishes were cooked by moms from around the world — with enticing my kids into eating Indian, Russian, Asian, and Mexican flavors.
I’ll be giving a free call with more tips for picky eaters soon! Get in the loop by following me on Facebook, following this blog, or signing up for my biweekly E-zine. Thank you for reading, good luck!