Did anyone see Modern Family this week? I thought it was hilarious that Phil was obsessed with plums on the episode! Guess we were on the same wavelength as the writers because that was our one new food choice of the week! Unfortunately though, our oldest daughter caught the Disney plague…aka stomach bug and couldn’t eat for four days, but the littlest Hewitt girl was excited to try it!
Here’s a video of our one new food this week, with a few added tips for getting your kids to be a little more adventurous. We’ve had great success with games at dinner recently…
IDEAS TO HELP INTRODUCE NEW FOODS
In addition to trivia games or other distractions away from their plates, here are some other ideas to get kids excited about trying new foods!
- Have your children help you prepare the meal, they are more likely to try something they were a part of from the beginning!
- Try a different cuisine or country, and learn about it’s history and culture. You can do Mexican night with tortillas and black beans and rice, or Italian with different pastas and sauces…there are so many choices!
- I’ve heard from several pediatricians and health providers to pick a new color of food each week. For orange you could try different preparations of carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or even an orange or nectarine.
As with many parenting challenges, the more control and choices you can give your children, the easier you new food journey will be. So when dealing with the pickiest of eaters, it’s super important to involve them in all food decisions…even at the store!
Caryn from Pretty Wellness has been awesome in sharing her one new foods, and this week she inspired me by doing this video! Well done Caryn – please check out her blog and story. She is a cancer survivor and shares her journey to healthy living…a true inspiration.
We hope you will join Lauren from Oh Honestly and I, and try #OneNewFood each week. It really is getting easier and we are seeing great results! Lauren’s kids tried soup this week, and as you can see mine chowed down the plums! All it takes is baby steps, consistency, and holding each other accountable. Please use #OneNewFood when you upload your pictures to social media. We can’t wait to see what you try!
I LOVE her sweet little voice!! And way to go Emy and Mama! You guys are rocking it!! I’m definitely going to try filming my kiddos next week to see if it encourages them to eat more.
Glad you liked the video!
Marnie @ SuperSmartMama says
Great ideas Kristen! Glad I found you through SITS’ Saturday Sharefest!!
It’s so fun to see you on video. I love the game or photo at dinner ideas, too. I’m trying to figure out what our #onenewfood should be for next week. I might do oatmeal, since my son hasn’t tried it yet. Happy weekend. Also, thanks for the shout out on Pretty Wellness.
Of course, and thanks for joining the #onenewfood challenge and promoting it!
Tara Newman says
Our kids tried asparagus this week. I thought of you immediately. I find giving them a lot of autonomy over what goes on the menu helps. We have some rules around what can go on the menu but they make the choices a few days a week.
Agreed Tara! It is the little things that make all the difference. Respect their likes and dislikes and they’ll respect you!
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
Awesome tips and suggestions. I loved the video. Gosh your daughter is sweet! I like the games idea. Plus video taping is a great idea too.
Thanks for sharing.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Thank you! I have been meaning to do more videos!
My kids LOVE plums. They are obsessed!! Veggies are a different story though. :-/
I loved the plum part of “Modern Family.” Phil is my favorite.
I love her sweet voice, eating the sweet plum!
Me too…that’s still such a good show!
Emy, you are just as sweet as that plum! So cute…