Every child learns about food differently and some are slower than others to appreciate new textures, colors and flavors. Whether your child only eats the same three meals over and over again, enjoys processed foods that contain too much salt and sugar or refuses to explore new flavors, picky eating can be stressful and disconcerting. You want the best for your child—for them to eat healthy, well-balanced meals—but with a picky eater, mealtime can be a struggle.
Expanding Your Picky Eater's Palate Takes Patience and Perseverance
Research shows that young eaters don’t change overnight. It often takes months for new tastes and experiences to become habits. Repeated exposures to a new food increases children’s comfort with that food, and it becomes less intimidating.
Perseverance is the most challenging yet critical step for parents. When your child initially rejects a new food, try to resist offering an alternative. This will only teach your child that they don’t have to eat the new food you’re introducing to them if they can hold out for a familiar food. With patience and perseverance, your child can learn to adopt new, healthier foods and overcome the most daunting aspect of converting a picky eater’s taste buds.
We understand that kids can be hesitant to approach specific vegetables, whole grains or other new ingredients, which is why we’ve created meals specifically for eaters still learning to appreciate unfamiliar flavors. With the help of our pediatric dietitian, we’ve developed our healthiest versions of classic kids favorites that are recognizable and approachable to your selective eater. These dishes can be found on our Favorites menu and can be selected week after week to ensure that your child is still eating nutritious meals while enjoying the flavors they love.
Our Chef’s Choice menu includes the most adventurous options from the season. If you feel your child isn’t ready for the Chef’s Choice menu, you can easily swap them for meals from our Favorites menu. Many of our customers change their kids’ selections weekly to ensure they receive meals they know their kids will enjoy.