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How to get your picky child to eat better

green fruits and veggies taste test experiement

Some parents are lucky and they have kids that will eat anything. But for most parents they struggle getting fruits and veggies into their kids’ growing bodies. And kids, much like adults, get stuck in a comfort zone– eating what’s familiar to their taste buds. Krissy shares an awesome hands-on activity that worked for her two kids, and I think that it might help you get your picky child to eat the good greens too.

Written by contributor Krissy of B.Inspired, Mama!

My kids are by far the pickiest eaters on the planet. I’ve tried sticker charts, bribes, threats, beatings (just kidding, of course)… But the best tactic so far has been giving my kids the job of “Taste Tester.” I was very skeptical that my little monsters would even participate. BUT…

 

…they LOVED IT! I went with a St. Patrick’s Day theme and chose 9 green foods to offer in muffin tins (check out these adorable animal and bug muffin tins on Amazon here and here).

green fruits and veggies in a muffin tin

I included celery (with peanut butter), green grapes, broccoli, green apples, green peppers, and sugar snap peas. And I threw in a couple green treats, too, like lime jello, green gummy candies and mint chocolate chips.

I could not believe how excited my kiddos were to try every one of my choices!

They ate vegetables that have probably never hit their lips before.

I made a chart with smiley and frown faces for them to circle based on their findings. And I was surprised to see that Priscilla had more smiley faces circled than not. And she’s even been begging to taste test red foods next.

For more inspiring activities from Krissy, head on over to B.Inspired Mama!

Here are some other “green” food ideas for your taste test:

kiwi • peas • limes • pears • pickles • broccoli • zucchini • edamame • cucumber • asparagus • mint leaves • green tomatoes • baby spinach leaves • celery • green grapes • broccoli • green apples • green peppers • sugar snap peas • kale chips

 

You could also experiment with a different color each week. I find Annabel Karmel’s book I Can Eat a Rainbow to be a great inspiration for younger kids to try different foods by their color. Let us know if you decide to try the taste test experiment at home. I’d love to see a picture of your budding scientist!

 

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Do you have a picky eater? What do you do to get your kids to try new foods? Comment below to join in the discussion.

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  1. Heidi K

    September 25th, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I love this idea! And will be testing it out with the children tomorrow at work, to follow along with the ‘five senses’ theme we have going atm.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 26th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    🙂 Great! Let us know how it goes!

  3. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    July 21st, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Rachelle!

    I am so happy that you enjoyed this post! 🙂 All the best to you!

  4. Karyn

    February 19th, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I also use ice cube trays. It helped with my daughter because it looks like less of the stuff she does not like, so she is already mentally more prepared to eat it.

  5. SGS Rawkstar

    February 20th, 2017 at 3:56 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Karyn!

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