- Always provide food at the meal that your child likes in addition to the “new” food.
- Include a small portion of a new food and serve everyone at the table the same food
- Involve your children in food preparation of the “new” food (i.e., ask them to count enough carrot sticks for everyone, serve the broccoli, or stir the fruit salad).
- Let them try just a small taste – any tiny amount will do.
- Allow them to spit it out and not swallow it – teaching them a polite way to do so.
- Inform them of what to expect with the new food. Gain their trust slowly.
- Keep trying. Research show that children may need to be offered a new food at least eight or more times before they will try it. Introduce a new food 15 times. If at that point, the child is unwilling, simply move to a different food.
Strategies for Picky Eaters
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who received her master’s degree in medical nutrition with distinction from Arizona State University. She is also a published nutrition researcher and has specialized in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders and ADHD for over 20 years. Julie is the award winning author of Nourishing Hope for Autism, co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients, and also the founder of BioIndividualNutrition.com. Download her free guide, 12 Nutrition Steps to Better Health, Learning, and Behavior.