Ways to Expand Your Picky Eater's Taste Buds

9 Ways to Make Food Shopping More Fun

  1. Focus on touch. Have your child hold a big, dimply orange or a fuzzy little kiwi. Ask her to describe how it feels, looks, and smells.
  2. Let your child make some noise. Give him a box of pasta to shake, and then point out the difference between regular and whole-wheat pasta ("See, this one is darker and has more good stuff in it").
  3. Look at labels. Once your preschooler recognizes numbers up to ten, have her pick the cereal with the most fiber (you'll need to point at the label for her). Say, "Fiber helps you poop better."
  4. Be a tour guide. Point out all the food aisles, then say, "I like the produce area best, because fruits and veggies help you grow big and strong."
  5. Offer choices. Ask if you should buy apples or mangoes for a snack. Also let him pick some new veggies for the family to try.
  6. Play the color game. See if your child can find three kinds of purple produce (such as grapes, eggplant, cabbage, or potatoes).
  7. Try a sample table. Your child is more likely to eat something if he sees other people lining up for a bite.
  8. Check out a local farmers' market. Most vendors will be happy to talk to kids about their harvest.
  9. Take a whiff. Vegetable stands are great places to have your child sniff garlic, green onions, cilantro, and mint. Ask him, "Do you think this would make our tuna salad taste better?"

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