Got A Picky Eater?

356004824_3d1ab3687b_2Don’t blame your kids for turning up their nose at anything green. And don’t blame your cooking either. Instead, blame your genes. Yup- a new study found that kids’ aversions to new foods are mostly inherited. So for those of you who would sneak your broccoli under the table to the dog or wouldn’t go within fifty feet of a mushroom as a kid, don’t be shocked if you see the same traits in your children. But although neophobia (the fear of new foods) may be 78 percent genetic, there’s still an environmental influence. Which is why we want to know: how do you get your kids to eat their veggies or try an unusual dish? If your answer is, "I don’t", then check out the sneakily smart tactic that Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, used.

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  1. by Jenn

    On October 11, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    My daughter LOVES her veggies, probably has to do with the fact that I do as well. So although Daddy doesn’t like or eat his greens, she does. We started her with her veggies first before fruits and she has always asked for them for snacks, and we make them readily available. Baby Carrots are GREAT and quick snacks, along with rasins.

  2. by Melissa Garrett

    On October 12, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    I just KNEW my husband is to blame for our son’s pickiness!! LOL!
    Actually, my son has sensory issues and has real psychological aversions to how foods look and feel. Cooking for him is incredibly difficult. I have actually been writing a muffin cookbook (LONG before Jessica’s book came out, but oh well) that employs deceptive techniques, such as puree. But getting kids with SID to try new foods is extrememly difficult, and even the color of a pumpkin muffin vs a tried and true banana muffin is enough to turn him off completely. It’s endless trial and error. With that said, a friend of mine just sent the cookbook to me, and I cannot WAIT to try some of the recipes. Chocolate brownies with spinach puree – COOL idea!

  3. by Terina

    On October 12, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    i really don’t have a good reason why my kids like things like carrots, celery, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. i did make my kids babyfood, and so that might be a reason why. they have been eating broccoli, carrots, and even spinach since they started eating solid foods. my kids will eat shrimp, salmon, chicken…
    here is a funny story: my husband and i took the kids to Mcdonalds so that they could play in the play area. we also bought dinner. my kids would hardly touch the chicken nuggets and french fries and only wanted the fruit and yogurt stuff. i guess i’m teaching them well. every kid is different. i tell my son that he has to at least try it, if its something new, and usually he likes it and eats it right up. you’ve seen the commericial that has celery coming out of the pinata?? my kids get excited when i get out tomatoes and celery and almost do a dance. i think thats a little abnormal, but i’ll take it!!