Getting Your Child To Pick Fruits & Vegetables
Parents of toddlers have two major concerns when it comes to food:
- They worry their child is too picky
- They worry their child doesn't eat enough fruits and vegetables
You have every right to be concerned if your child is a picky eater or doesn't eat enough fruits and vegetables. It can lead to nutritional deficiencies, so remedy it early on.Picky eating, at least according to researchers and health professionals, is characterized as a child who consumes an inadequate variety of food, as opposed to an inadequate amount of food.
As pesky as picky eating may seem, three simple things will help you:
- Be a good model by eating your fruits and vegetables. Parents who eat more fruits and vegetables often have kids who a) are less picky and b) consume more fruits and vegetables. Research shows that parents who eat more fruits and veggies are less likely to pressure their kids to eat them, which is key.
- Make fruits and vegetables available. Moms should model fruit and veggie eating and who make fruits and vegetables readily available. Keep fruits and vegetables cut up on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator within easy reach.
- Don't pressure kids to eat. Studies show that parents who pressure their kids to eat actually get kids with higher levels of pickiness and kids who eat significantly fewer servings of fruits and vegetables.