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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Have a picky eater on your hands?

As promised last week, this blog is dedicated to all those out there who may have picky eaters on their hands. Having “picky eaters” can be difficult but it is important to find new ways to introduce them to new foods. Although they may prefer processed food over fresh food, we must remember that most processed food contains little or no nutrition. Here are some healthy snacks that are sure to please your picky eaters.

Apples with cinnamon
You know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Apples are an easy snack to pack for kids and are also low in calories. With vitamins A, B-1, B-2 and C, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, iodine, iron and phosphorous, apples are packed with essential nutrients your little ones need to develop strong bones and muscles. And did you know that cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium? Topping apples with cinnamon gives this snack a little bit of sweetness, which most kids will appreciate.

Celery with peanut butter and raisins
Aka: “Ants on A Log” This snack is nutritious and also a fun way of engaging your children in eating healthy. Celery is an excellent source of fiber and contains many vitamins such as vitamin C, B1, B6, and vitamin B2. It is also a great source of fiber, folic acid, potassium and calcium. Adding some peanut butter to your celery will provide your little ones with nutrients such as vitamin E, calcium, copper, potassium, iron and magnesium. Raisins provide minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc.

Turkey and cheese rolls
Turkey deli meat is a lean source of protein and has low fat content. Turkey is also a good source of amino acids vitamins and minerals including tryptophan, vitamins B-3 and B-6, phosphorus and zinc. Cheese is a great source of calcium, which can help your little ones develop strong bones and healthy teeth. Wrap these two together and stick a toothpick through to hold the two together. This is an easy and nutritional snack for your children to enjoy. Not a fan of turkey? Try other deli meats but just make sure it is low in fat content.

There are tons of ideas on how to please your picky eaters. Other tips are to allow your children to help set the table for each meal and allow them to help prep the food. This will give them a sense of responsibility and by helping prep the food they will most likely want to eat it. Having various textures and colors is also a great way to encourage your little ones to try new foods.  Try serving new foods alongside some of their favorite foods. Try these snacks and let us know how your picky eater responds! 


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