Does your child prefer white or beige foods only – mashed potatoes, white bread and plain noodles – and refuse to eat anything with color? If so, you’re not alone. And by the time your child reaches the age of 10, they should be ready to expand their palates, say pediatricians at Harvard Medical School.
But if you’re worried now about your little one not getting enough nutrients and fiber, there are some things you can start doing to “gently” change eating behaviors.
In Getting Your Child to Eat (Almost) Anything, a Harvard Medical School Guide, Dr. Qian Yuan, with Robin Westen, offer tips on how to increase your child’s familiarity with and positive response to foods you want him/her to eat.
For example, one of the most important tips is for parents to set an example. Show your kids that you like making healthy food choices. You can also get them involved by letting them help you prepare dinner.
Some instances might also involve you having to be sneaky by mixing healthy foods with your child’s favorite foods. A great way to do this is by making (white or beige colored) smoothies, by adding milk, pears and yellow apples.
But most importantly, pediatricians say, pressuring your child and promise of rewards will backfire. It’s important to be patient and consult your pediatrician if you have any concerns.
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