Friday, October 05, 2012

How to tempt a picky eater

Some kids hoover up everything. Others dawdle over a full plate, rearranging, maybe nibbling a bite or two.

Youngsters can also get on kicks—and want only maccy cheese or maybe chicken nuggets.

Sarah Guinn, Joplin (MO) Globe, Oct 4, 2012, talked to Andrea McGrew, a registered dietitian at the Freeman Health Center about how to make sure picky kids get enough nutrition.

Veggies can be a sticking point—sticking to the plate not the ribs.

First, introduce veggies early—make them a habit. Usually you have to introduce a veggie many times.

Or you can puree them in sauces, Or put them on a pizza—anything on a pizza will get eaten. Well, my kid is 30 and no olives or peas, ever!

Or make yogurt dips.

You need to bring in the disliked veggie 2-3 times a week.

Think about 2-1/2 cups of veggies a day, 2 cups of fruit, 3 cups of dairy, 5-1/2 oz of protein, 8 oz of whole grains.

To me, this sounds like a lot for some of those skinny, wild-child kids leaping up from the dinner table!

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