If your child is really picky

Some children get very comfortable eating just a few foods and are very resistant to trying new things. They actually develop a fear to foods they aren’t used to. The first step in making them more comfortable to the foods they fear is to make comparisons to the foods they like to the foods they don’t like. For example, if your child likes nuts but won’t try beans (such as chick peas), put them on the plate together and discuss how the chick peas are the same color as the nuts they are eating.

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What if they don’t like it the first time?

They probably won’t like it the first time, maybe even not the second, third or fourth.  Think about how little you like a song the first few times you hear it.  But then as you are exposed more, you learn to love it. 

It can take chidlren up to 20 exposures to a certain food to like it.  It may take them multiple times to even be comfortable enough with it to try it.  So be PATIENT!  Keep putting it on their plate.  If they will allow it on their plate you are doing well.  If they touch it…GREAT!  in a few months they may even try it.  It was three years before my oldest daughter even tried broccoli and now she jumps for joy in the grocery store when she sees it and begs me to buy it. 

Broccoli with Balsamic Vinegar

ok here’s your first recipe…my kids are literally obsessed (as am I). They go back for seconds and thirds…no joke

Steam broccoli for about 5 minutes or until desired consistency. Let cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and then sprinkle on garlic powder and parsley.