Healthy Children - February 2017

Trying New Foods

Your child may not want to try new foods. It is normal for children to reject foods they have never tried before. Here are some tips to get your child to try new foods:

  • Small portions, big benefits - Let your kids try small portions of new foods that you enjoy. Give them a small taste at first and be patient with them. When they develop a taste for more types of foods, it’s easier to plan family meals.
  • Offer only one new food at a time - Serve something that you know your child likes along with the new food. Offering more new foods all at once could be too much for your child.
  • Be a good role model - Try new foods yourself. Describe their taste, texture, and smell to your child.
  • Offer new foods first - Your child is most hungry at the start of a meal.
  • Sometimes, new foods take time- Kids don’t always take to new foods right away. Offer new foods many times. It may take up to a dozen tries for a child to accept a new food.
  • Make food fun!  Help your child develop healthy eating habits by getting him or her involved and making food fun! Get creative in the kitchen with these cool ideas.
  • Cut a food into fun and easy shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Encourage your child to invent and help prepare new snacks. Create new tastes by pairing low-fat dressings or dips with vegetables. Try hummus or salsa as a dip for veggies.
  • Make a list of recipes and dishes your child can help to make. Allow your child to add their own twist to the recipe.