Need help feeding a “picky” 2 to 5 year old healthily?

I got this press release today and I picked out the best parts for all the busy people out there…

The Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has come to the rescue with its new website MyPyramid for Preschoolers designed specifically for parents and caregivers.  This new, interactive website, found at MyPyramid.gov, provides unique, individualized nutrition guidance to meet the needs of preschoolers 2 to 5 years of age.

CNPP Executive Director Brian Wansink said, “Since we launched MyPyramid for Preschoolers less than a month ago, we have had a tremendously positive response to it from both the public and nutrition professionals.  This a great tool for all parents of preschoolers but particularly those of finicky eaters.  It’s loaded with great ideas and suggestions for families so they can help their kids eat a more varied and nutritious diet.  What I find most useful is how to talk with kids about what to eat and tips on how to have fun with food around the dinner table.”

Common Sense Tips to Help the Finicky Eater:

  • Set reasonable limits for the start and end of a meal. When you see that your child is no longer interested in the meal, excuse him or her from the table.
  • Encourage your child to try new foods. But, don’t lecture or force your child to eat.
  • Talk about fun and happy things. Try to make meal-time a stress-free time.
  • Cook together.  Encourage your preschooler to help you prepare meals and snacks. Cooking together can mean more “mommy (or daddy) and me” time on busy days.

Try this awesome (and healthy) pumpkin banana bread recipe. Make it in the muffin tins for the holidays!

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3 Responses

  1. Appreciate the Cliff Notes, Rebecca, as you know, I’m drowning in “tmi” and seeking a snorkel to keep my head above water! –Amy

  2. [...] Need help feeding a “picky” 2 to 5 year old healthily? [...]

  3. Good resource! As a matter of fact, I stumbled upon it recently and wrote a post on my blog

    http://www.littlestomaks.com/2008/12/01/take-a-step-on-the-mypyramid-for-preschoolers/

    I know it is common, but it is not really fair to label a child as a “picky” eater. I think that this is a very parent-centric viewpoint. Certainly, it is challenging to feed a young toddler. With our own twins (now 2 and a half), we face this challenge every day. What I am learning is that it is all about communication with your child – you have to communicate at their level, and understand their needs. Also, be flexible and prioritize and make adjustments as needed. When you turn your viewpoint around from being parent-centric to child-centric, then suddenly it is a different situation.

    Good luck

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