This post is sponsored by Happy Family. All opinions are my own.
Moms around the world know how tricky it can be to convince their kids to try new foods.
You spend all day in the kitchen only for your kids to look at it with disgust and act like it’s radioactive. They don’t care how long it took you to make, they just see new and scary.
What’s a mom to do?
You need to find a way to get through to your picky eaters and show them how fun and adventurous it can be to try new things.
Make It Fun
Make new time a big game when you introduce something new. Most of your kid’s reluctance to trying anything new is the fear behind it. They don’t know what it’s going to taste like and they’re worried it will be as disgusting as they assume it is.
Turn their spoon into a train, make silly voices each time it gets close to their mouth, and just make the whole thing a fun experience.
Start With It
Trying to get your kids to eat a new food on a full stomach is just asking for problems. Instead, you can limit snacks right before a meal. Then offer up the new dish as the first bite when they’re hungry enough to give it a chance.
Pair It With Something They Love
Knowing your kids may struggle with an “adventurous dish” aka anything new… take it slow. Don’t offer it up as the only option. Instead, serve it with things they like. You can make macaroni and cheese for lunch and have a side of peas. Then their favorite dish becomes the reward!
Try Different Recipes
Don’t give up if your kids have tried a new dish and decide they don’t like it. It may not be the ingredients at all but how it’s made. Next time you whip it up, try a new recipe. Then you can find the perfect recipe to turn a new food into a favorite food.
Encourage Their Successes!
Trying something new is scary for kids. Go crazy and encourage them every time they go out of their comfort zone and try something. They will be much more willing when they see how exciting it can be!
If you want your kids to be open to trying new things, start them young. Show them how fun it can be while they’re little!
All three of my kids have proven to be picky eaters over the years. However, we’re always trying out new things. One day it may be fish curry and the next could be taco salad. I want it all to be fun and a good experience for my kids.
This is why I love Happy Family products! Their goal is to make sure infants and toddlers have a positive experience when trying new foods. You can find their products at Target! They just launched a new whole milk yogurt line and the combinations are delicious! They pair ingredients like sweet potatoes with kid-friendly flavors like bananas!
Not to mention they use organic ingredients and their yogurt pouches have live cultures in them! This means they’re not only tasty but healthy!
How do you get your kids to eat new things?