Do You Have a Picky Eater?

Picky eaters don’t have to always be young; some are teenagers as well as adults! Here are a few tips to help introduce new foods to children, grandchildren, teenagers and adults.
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Updated: September 29, 2017

Do You Have a Picky Eater?

Feeding Picky Eaters

First, take one step at a time. It's important to just offer one new food at a time. Let them know if it will be sweet, salty or sour. Keep track of a new food on the calendar to help jog your memory.

Second, a taste can be just a small taste. Even a taste can be as small as half teaspoon.

Third, try, try again. Take it slow; a new food may take up to 8 to 10 times before they decide if they really like it. Continue offering the new food. Remember, positive role modeling is important. If you want your family to drink milk, then they need to see you drinking milk as well.

Fourth, serve an unfamiliar food with a familiar one. This increases the likelihood that they will taste a new food! Whenever possible, include family members in planning, shopping and preparing the food for the meal. Getting them involved gives them a sense of ownership and hopefully boosts their interest in the food.

Lastly, kids like to try foods they help to make. Let your kids pick out a new vegetable to try and help to prepare.

Food is meant to be enjoyed and shared by family and friends. Try to make meals a stress-free time. Talk about fun and happy things. This will help create positive attitudes towards food.

Source: Choose My Plate website

Mouth - Watering Oven Fried Fish

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fish fillets
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (fat-free or low-fat)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (fresh, minced)
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup corn flakes (crumbled or regular non-seasoned bread crumbs)
  • 1 lemon (fresh, cut in wedges)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Combine milk, hot sauce, and garlic.
  2. Combine pepper and onion powder with crumbs and place on plate.
  3. Let fillets sit briefly in milk mixture. Remove and coat fillets on both sides with seasoned crumbs.
  4. Let stand briefly until coating sticks to each side of fish.
  5. Arrange on nonfat sprayed shallow baking dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes on middle rack without turning.
  7. Cut into 6 pieces. Serve with fresh lemon.

Recipe adapted from What's Cooking website

Authors

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) PA Nutrition Education TRACKS (SNAP-Ed)

More by Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N.