"Picky Eating" and Variety

One of the most common complaints we hear from parents is that their children only eat a small number of foods – they lack variety! A great way to expand your child’s palette is to encourage variety from within the range of foods they already eat. If they love ice cream, let them select a new flavor. If they love cheese, take them to the store and let them pick a new cheese – any cheese – to try. If they are big cereal eaters, let them pick a new kind and encourage them to eat different kinds of cereal every day. Encouraging variety with safe and familiar foods is a great way to get your children used to eating something new, and, ultimately, lay the foundation for expanding beyond well-liked foods. 

To learn more, read Dr. Dina Rose’s new book, “It’s Not About the Nutrition,” which provides practical and useful advice on the three habits to teach kids for a lifetime of healthy eating

First Bites is a non-profit organization that runs programs in preschools and early childcare centers to get kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. To learn more about the program and for more ideas on what and how to feed children, visit firstbites.org, Facebook.com/YourFirstBites or follow us on Twitter @FirstBites.