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It’s perfectly fine for kids to play with what’s on their plate! In a study at the University of Eastern Finland, kindergartners spent hands-on time with fruits and veggies in their classroom by baking and cooking with them, growing a garden, and seeing food-related themes in books and games. As a result, they were more likely to choose these food groups from a snack buffet than kids who didn’t have
these classroom activities. Wondering what else you can do to get your kid to try salad? Dina Rose, PH.D., author of It’s Not About the Broccoli, shares stress-free tips that could help.
STICK TO THE ROTATION RULE.
To help him get into the habit of eating something different every day, don’t offer the same food two days in a row. Say, “You had carrots with lunch yesterday. Today you can have cauliflower or peas, and tomorrow you can have carrots again if you want.”
BE UP-FRONT ABOUT INGREDIENTS.
You want your kid to trust you about her food, especially if she’s picky. If she asks what that green speck is in her smoothie, tell her you added spinach. And if she responds, “Yuck, no way!” say, “Now you know what’s in it. Let’s investigate those specks.” Then show her what a spinach leaf looks like.
LET HIM POKE AND PROD. The food on his plate doesn’t necessarily have to go into his mouth. If he moves a vegetable around, pulls it apart with his fingers, or sniffs it, then he’s at least getting more familiar with its look and feel. (And, hey, it might end up in his mouth one day!)