Give that Kid Some Kale! 7 Ways to Turn Your Picky Eater into a Little Foodie

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Be Understanding
Just like experiencing the flavor of bitterness differs from person to person, some kids, and people, are predisposed to ... more 
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Be Understanding
Just like experiencing the flavor of bitterness differs from person to person, some kids, and people, are predisposed to not eat adventurously. New foods will be met with distrust and dislike, and may take a while for the child to accept. This may be out of your hands, and just something you'll have to learn to live with. Also, remember that what you're tasting may not be what they're tasting. Something that's slightly bitter or a little hot to you might be very intense to them. My son, for example, has found too much salty Pecorino cheese grated over his pasta "spicy." The pleasant tingle it gives my lips was, to him, somewhat painful in large amounts.
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Mon, Mar 25, 2013 2:56 PM EDT
Picky eating is something most parents will face. All toddlers have a certain amount of pickiness, and a predilection for carbs, sugar, and fat. In part this too is biologic: these types of foods pack the most caloric punch per bite, and our kids need all the energy they can get. Not only are they growing, but their bodies lose heat faster than adults. And their little digestive systems can't wring as much nutrition from fiber-rich foods as we do. Social factors play a role as well. Just as your tot is experimenting with saying no and exerting her will, so, too, will she test the power dynamic at the dinner table. If I whine about not liking something, will my parents make me eat it? How will they make me? Will they withhold dessert? Even the best of eaters will throw down the gauntlet, just to see what happens and how great a reaction their behavior can create. So what can you do if you've got a picky eater at your table? Click below for 7 tips that will help you out. - By Brian Gresko



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