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Picky Eaters

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.

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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.

Nurture Life for Picky Eaters

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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.

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Favorites

Chicken Bites, Mashed Yams & French Green Beans Circle
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Chicken Bites, Mashed Yams & French Green Beans

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Antibiotic-free chicken breast bites are oven-baked until crispy. These are complemented with French green beans, smooth and creamy mashed yams and tangy house made barbecue sauce.

Turkey Meatloaf Mashed Yams Corn Saute
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Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Yams & Corn Saute

We've transformed a classic favorite into a healthy home made staple by mixing antibiotic-free ground turkey, lowfat cottage cheese and fresh veggies. Served with mashed yams, sweet corn and pepper saute and house made BBQ sauce, our meatloaf is comforting without compromise.

Beef and Vegetable Stew
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Braised Beef & Vegetable Stew

Tender, braised antibiotic-free beef is pulled apart and stewed with roasted root vegetables.

Teriyaki Salmon over Brown Rice Circle
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Teriyaki Salmon over Brown Rice

Oven roasted Norwegian salmon is tossed in our lightly sweetened house made teriyaki sauce, accompanied with a side of stir-fried market vegetables and brown rice.

Vegetable Fried Rice
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Veggie Fried Rice

We made this classic Chinese takeout meal into a protein-packed, healthier comfort food. Seasoned with low sodium soy sauce, we toss our brown rice and extra scrambled eggs with veggies like peas, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini and green onion.

Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower Circle
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Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower

Made with whole wheat pasta, this classic dish features a secret ingredient blended into our cheddar cheese sauce: pureed cauliflower. Our recipe is so smooth, your child won't even guess it has veggies in it.

Teriyaki Tofu over Brown Rice Circle
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Teriyaki Tofu & Brown Rice Bowl

Diced firm tofu is tossed in our lightly sweetened house made teriyaki sauce, accompanied with a side of stir-fried market vegetables and brown rice.

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi with Vegetable Bolognese
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Spinach Stuffed Gnocchi with Vegetable Bolognese

Light and fluffy spinach and ricotta gnocchi is simmered in a vegetable bolognese sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs and Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower
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Spaghetti & Chicken Meatballs with Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower

Our signature antibiotic-free chicken meatballs are tossed with whole wheat spaghetti and our classic tomato sauce. Served with steamed broccoli and cauliflower with cheese sauce on the side.

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi with Turkey Bolognese
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Spinach Stuffed Gnocchi with Turkey Bolognese

Light and fluffy spinach and ricotta gnocchi is simmered in an antibiotic-free turkey bolognese sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Quinoa and Chili Bowl with Cornbread Crumble
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Quinoa and Chili Bowl with Cornbread Crumble

House made chili simmers for hours with bell peppers, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, kidney beans, toasted spices, and is poured over quinoa and topped with cornbread crumble.

Albacore Tuna Salad
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Albacore Tuna Salad

Our tuna salad is light on the mayo, but not on flavor! Pole line and caught albacore is shredded and mixed with a house blend of tangy pickle relish. Served with soft, whole wheat pita bread and a side of grapes and carrots.

Hungry for specific tips
for tackling picky eating?

Check out our blog for tips on feeding your picky eater and general children’s nutrition. We recommend starting with our Navigating Picky Eating post.

Ask our Pediatric Dietitian

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If you have questions or would like help transitioning your picky eater to Nurture Life, our pediatric dietitian is here to help. Please contact us here.