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19 Tricks To Try With Your Picky Eater

Because kids canʼt subsist on chicken nuggets alone.

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1. Insist on “No thank you” bites.

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Make it a rule that your kid can refuse to eat any food but only after taking three “no thank you” bites. Note: Itʼs okay if they cry through each one.

3. Purée fruits and vegetables.

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Jessica (wife of Jerry) Seinfeld wrote a book on how to sneak fruits and veggies into picky eating kidsʼ favorite foods by puréeing them. Itʼs no surprise her kids are picky eaters - their dad largely subsists on cereal.

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Big portions can be intimidating and leave kids thinking, “I have to eat all of that?!” Small portions, on the other finger, are easier to get through.

9. Donʼt take no for an answer.


Itʼs easy to give in and serve your picky eater their favorite food, but that will only make it harder to convince them to try new foods later. Stand your ground - even if they only take one bite!

14. Never forget that boys are disgusting.

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Tell boys that foods like broccoli and brussel sprouts will make them pass gas and theyʼll suddenly be interested in eating them.

17. Bust out the dip.

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Serve challenging or unfamiliar food with a delicious dip. Just make it clear up front there will be no “dip only” dining option.

18. Stop saying your kid is a picky eater.

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The more you say it, the more your kid will believe it. Instead, try to be positive about your kid's eating habits even when their pickiness is driving you bonkers.

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