Challenges with my Picky Eaters {BOOST Essentials Giveaway}

Tonight, I asked my two daughters (age 4 and 7) to list their favorite foods.  The list was long and included things like pizza, candy and of course, doughnuts.  When asked to list their favorite healthy foods, I was greeted with about a minute of silence.  Finally, my youngest said water and my oldest went with corn.  Needless to say, dinnertime can be a battle with my two picky eaters.

While, my husband and I continually offer a variety of foods to our children, it can be more than challenging for them to take a small taste.  We have had some success though with spinach and carrots…a small victory but I’ll take it.  As a Mom, I worry that the kids are not getting their nutritional requirements, so I supplement with vitamins while still working on expanding their taste buds.  Picky eating seems to be widespread throughout my circle of friends with children this age, so it is comforting to know I am not alone.

I am excited to tell you that I am a Boost Kids Essentials Brand Ambassador and for the next several weeks, I will be sharing my journey with my two picky eaters.  On the Boost Facebook page, each week we will be introducing you to a new family struggling with these same issues.  First up is the Brunelle Family!  With both parents working full time outside of the home, I can certainly relate to their mealtime struggles.  The parents worry that their oldest son, Van, who weighs less than the 50% percentile, may get picked on by larger classmates.  Boost Kids Essentials works well with their fast paced lifestyle while providing 24 essential vitamins and nutrient plus 7 grams of protein!  And the best part?  Van loves it!

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  1. sheryl cullum says:

    Usually have to feed them something different than everyone else

  2. Tari Lawson says:

    I have my childen try 2 bites of everything on their plate. Usually they hate the first one but by the second they realize it isn’t that bad and will sometimes eat more.

  3. You have to at least try what is being served, but I won’t make other food for the picky one.

  4. Sue Ellison says:

    I need the tips, I have the pickiest eaters ever! I occasionally make a variation of what we are eating to accommodate them and I make at least one side dish that they like.

  5. Jessie C. says:

    I sneak food kids don’t like into fruit smoothies.

  6. D Schmidt says:

    I arrange his meal into something interesting like a jungle, a smiley face, etc

  7. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I try to cut veggies in a cute way or cover up with something they really like!

  8. We have a one bite rule for ever food, every meal, and sometimes it leads to my daughter discovering that she really does like something after all.

  9. I have the kids help me make dinner. They are more likely to want to eat something they helped make. LOL

  10. heather eg kaufman says:

    We teach by example.

  11. i ask them to at least take a bite before saying they don’t like it

  12. i tell them- if you eat some of your dinner- i;ll take you outside to play and etc…i hope thats not bad?

    but it works-
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  15. InezbyDesign says:

    Have at least one bite, and if they do not want to eat what’s on their plate, they don’t have to; but no further desserts or snacks.

  16. Karen Gonyea says:

    We try to make food finger sized…it’s just more fun that way !!

  17. Katie R says:

    I cut the food into fun shapes.

  18. Linda Lansford says:

    They eat enough to get by

  19. I hide the foods they don’t like. Ex, spinach and carrots in spaghetti.

  20. lots of patience dont make it a battle keep offering healthy foods dont let them fill up on juice and snacks

  21. Cindy Merrill says:

    Carrots and turnips won’t get past my grandkids- until I puree them and add a cupful to Chili or Speghetti sauce…then I stand back and watch them enjoy.

  22. We serve some things they like, with some foods to try. That way they are comfortable eating at least part of the meal.

  23. Caryn S says:

    They have to take one bite for each age they are. So my 3 year old needs to take 3 bites.

  24. Kendra W says:

    I love “The sneaky chef” 🙂 Comes in handy in situations where I’m needing my kids to eat things they don’t want to.

  25. Jennifer says:

    hide those veggies! I shred veggies and melt into meals like mac and cheese!

  26. kelly g says:

    luckily our son isn’t that picky when it comes to veggies

  27. DAMIAN JARREAU says:

    The kids love cheese so i put cheese on the things to get them to try it

  28. Shirley Hicks says:

    I tell my kids and grandkids i dont have time to run a short order kitchen……i always cook several things for dinner and they can pick something

  29. Amber Carter says:

    my son is not picky at all, but I would never force him to eat anything

  30. I like to mix veggies into meals so they are hidden. Like casseroles or even veggie nuggets.

  31. Cee Love says:

    I like to make one dish meals which the kids particular enjoy!

  32. DON’T make a fuss about it, particularly when they’re young. Give them the opportunity to make their own choices about what they eat, don’t assume refusal today means refusal tomorrow, and model good choices.

  33. My oldest son is the most incredibly picky eater on planet earth. This has been an ongoing issue since he was about 5 and he is 15 now! He won’t eat anything that has any color in it, he sticks to things like bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, cheese, cheese sauce, that kind of thing! he doesn’t even like fruit, veg, ketch up, sauces, nothing a “normal” teen might like. he won’t eat baked potatoes but he’ll eat mashed! He will eat veg when I hide them – been doing that for years and I also give him multi vitamins now because it is beyond a joke! He is more stubborn as he is getting older and he still refuses to even try it to see if he likes it! Hopefully he will snap out of it but seeing as his biological father only eats chicken, steak, potatoes and what not, I don’t see much hope! My other children eat everything!!

    I find hiding the veggies to be a success and smoothies too!

    I never did make a fuss over it but 10 years later, he still refuses to eat anything good for him!

  34. amy deeter says:

    tell them there will be no snacks if they dont eat

  35. melina r says:

    we encourage to eat a little bit more before saying they are done

  36. Whitney Lindeman says:

    My picky eater is my hubby-to-be…and I just MAKE him try everything!

  37. Lisa Fonseca says:

    We’re all pretty much picky eaters so whatever I cook, they eat.

  38. lilshuga2001 says:

    WE cut up veggies into fun shapes…..if they dont eat them at dinner they go into the juicer for their morning shake 🙂

  39. Laurie Emerson says:

    I always make sure that there is one item on the plate I know they will love. It is kind of an incentive to at least try the foods they are not sure of or not fond of.

  40. They need to try something at least once. I won’t force them to eat something they don’t like.

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