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Picky Eaters

Every child learns about food differently and becomes accustomed to new ingredients, textures, colors and flavors at their own pace. Whether your child only eats the same three meals over and over again, enjoys foods that may contain too much sugar, fat or salt, or refuses to explore new flavors, picky eating can be stressful and disconcerting. You want the best for your child—to eat healthy, well-balanced meals—but with a picky eater, mealtime can be a struggle.

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Even with Our Kid Meal Subscriptions, Expanding Your Picky Eater's Palate Takes Patience and Perseverance

Research shows that young eaters don’t change overnight. It often takes weeks for new tastes and experiences to become habits. Repeated exposures to a new food increases children’s comfort with it so it becomes less intimidating. Using our kid meal delivery subscription helps introduce new foods consistently to your child.

Perseverance is the most challenging and critical step for parents. When your child initially rejects a new food, try to resist offering an alternative. Offering other options 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. Your child can learn to adopt new, healthier foods with your patience and perseverance. Together, you can overcome the most daunting aspect of converting your picky eater’s taste buds.

Nurture Life for Picky Eaters

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We understand that kids can be hesitant to approach certain 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 chefs and pediatric dietitian, we’ve developed healthier versions of classic kids favorites that are recognizable and approachable to your selective eater, like our Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower, Chicken Bites, Mashed Yams & Green Beans and Chicken Meatballs & Pasta with Broccoli & Cauliflower. 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 features a combination of kid-friendly favorites your kids will enjoy with more adventurous meals for them to try. 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 selections weekly to ensure they receive meals they know their kids will enjoy.

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Favorites

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

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

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Peas & Cheese Tortellini

Parmesan and ricotta make for a cheesy tortellini! We ladle our classic veggie bolognese over stuffed pasta and top with English peas for a savory Italian meal. Buon appetito!

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Minestrone Stew

Warm up with a bowl of our minestrone stew. Beans, rutabaga and aromatic vegetables simmer in a light tomato sauce with rosemary and marjoram. We add ditalini pasta for a final, hearty touch.

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Teriyaki Salmon over Brown Rice
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Teriyaki Salmon with Brown Rice

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

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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.

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Chicken Meatballs & Pasta with Broccoli & Cauliflower
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Chicken Meatballs & Pasta with Broccoli & Cauliflower

Our signature antibiotic-free chicken meatballs are tossed with whole wheat rotini and our classic tomato sauce. Served with steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

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Hungry for Specific Tips
on Tackling Picky Eating?

Check out our blog for tips on feeding your picky eater and general children’s nutrition. To start, head to our Navigating Picky Eating article for handling mealtime and nutrition with your selective eater.

Ask Our Experts

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If you have questions about our baby and kid meal delivery service or would like help transitioning your picky eater to Nurture Life, our experts are here to help. Please contact us here.