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How to help your picky toddler eat healthy
« on: May 07, 2010, 07:20:04 PM »
Helping our children eat healthy and develop into healthy adults is one of parents biggest concerns. Parents want their children to know the importance of eating fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy. Problem is, today's families are busier than ever, and fall into the easy trap of giving children more processed and unhealthy foods then healthy ones.

Here are 8 tips to help your toddler eat more healthy

1. Make it fun. The best way to get your toddler to eat healthy is to make it fun. Yes, it's okay to play with your food!

2. Let them choose. Picky toddlers like to feel like they have a say. Offer several healthy foods and let them choose which one they want.

3. Dip it. Toddlers love to dip food. Try  a hummus or yogurt dip with their snack.

4. No junk food. Period. Get all the junk food out of the house so there isn't an opportunity to give in. Children will eat when they are hungry enough.

5. Let them help.  Letting your picky toddler help cook will make them feel important and they will want to taste what they made.

6. Hide the healthy food. Slicing up carrots and adding it to a pasta dish can get that vegetable serving in.

7. Make it a drink. Picky eaters usually aren't so picky with drinks. The Head Start Program, located on Locust St., Davenport, Iowa, offers a great fruit smoothie recipe.


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