What to Do About Those Picky Food Eaters

FOOD  | 9.11.18  |  by Gia Dolney

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Do you have picky food eaters in your household? You know, the child that sees the color red and won’t eat it (tomatoes, pizza, pasta), won’t eat a single vegetable, lurks around the potato chips until you give in, and leaves dinner virtually untouched.  Well, we have several tips and ideas for you, to make dinnertime a more joyful experience for all.

Yep, Daisy is one of THOSE kids who doesn’t eat the “crust” on anything 🙄😂 #pickyeaters #appleslices

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It Takes Time to Like More Things

Don’t worry. It can take time for many children to broaden their food interests and palette.  Says Diana Henry, author of the book Simple, at Food52

… this is the good news—they get much better as they get older. My eldest doesn’t like everything but he will try everything and is also becoming a very good cook himself (and loves restaurants). My advice? Offer them everything, don’t make a massive fuss if they don’t like it, cook in front of them. It’s worked for me. If you cook from scratch and they see that—and, mostly, eat it—they know the importance of good food. They just absorb it (and they absorb how to cook as well).

Try the Artistic Approach

Some parents have taken to making food a creative expression.   “Blauser Wellness” Blogger Katie Blauser says –

I love French toast and it can very easily be made into a healthy option for your kiddos! First, my toddler loves anything that is ready for dipping so we cut it into strips. I use a whole wheat bread and dip it in a mixture of egg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract! Once it’s all cooked up you can let them dip it into a little maple syrup or just eat it like it is!

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Make a Sampling

Another way to approach it is to use an ice cube tray or a “plate” with compartments. In each compartment or ice cube holder, put a small sampling of food. You can load up the tray/plate with 5-10 different small samples.

This encourages choice, adventure, and experimentation versus just forcing one or two options. Children’s tastes change as they get older too, so keeping up with the samples and different ways of preparation can help a breakthrough.

The Many Little Joys Blogger, Megan, says –

Tasting trays…baby bento boxes…nibble trays. Whatever you want to call them, they are simply awesome. And easy.

Here’s what you do: take an ice cube tray and fill it with a bunch of different finger foods. Watch as your child eats more that you’ve seen in weeks. Seriously. My kids pretty much empty their trays almost every time.

I love that it’s a great way to make sure we get all the food groups, use up leftovers in the fridge, and introduce the boys to new foods in small (less scary) portions.

Get Ideas from Others

There are easy ways, besides your own imagination, to make food more interesting. Pinterest and Instagram have loads of examples. Search under –



Here’s also a tip video from Ciara Attwell with her additional tips that include relaxing about picky eaters and slow introduction of new foods.

(This post was originally posted on 6/27/17 and updated on 9/11/18.)