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New-Picky Eater Tips

"picky eater"There’s at least one picky eater in every family – but are those picky eaters getting the nutrients that they need?

3 Tips by Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN and Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist

What to do with your picky eater (whether they’re just picky or have restrictions due to allergies, sensitivities, etc)

– Make eating enjoyable: Let them be creative, even if it seems gross or abnormal to you. Serve breakfast for dinner or vice versa if that’s what they want. Let them eat broccoli with tomato sauce and a glass of milk or dip their veggies in a low-fat dip. Allow them to bend the rules a bit, as long as they incorporate healthy choices somehow, some way.

– Take them food shopping: See when their eyes light up and what excites them. Figure out a way to add these things to meals and then try to add similar foods, colors and textures over time.

– Incorporate a daily multi – With all else that is going on, this is a great insurance policy that makes sure you fill in the nutritional gaps they may not be getting if they are limited in their variety. My choice – alternaVites Kids Containing 17 essential nutrients, and 0 grams of sugar, alternaVites Kids is a comprehensive formula that doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors but tastes great so children will like taking it too.

 

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