Help! I can't get my children to warm up to new foods!
Recently, we’ve received quite a bit of feedback from our readers asking how they can get their kiddos to try new, less-processed foods. The truth is, converting your family, especially if they’re picky eaters, can take time. But don’t let that deter you! We know how difficult it can be, which is why we’re super excited to share this fun Taste Testing Game for Picky Eaters.
It takes patience and persistence.
It really does take a dozen times or more to acquire a taste for (and enjoy) certain new foods. Seriously, there have been studies that prove this (and we’ve seen it firsthand with our families). Getting your kids to embrace new foods is possible, so don’t throw in the towel all because they didn’t like a particular food the first time.
What kid doesn't want to be a mad scientist?! A little imagination can go a long way...
Mixing, matching and creating new culinary concoctions is a great way to have a little fun while exposing your kids to new foods. Kick it up a notch by staging your kitchen as a scientists' lab, wearing silly glasses, putting on a crazy colored lab coat or including this game as a fun slumber party activity. You can even make it a blind taste testing game with a simple bandana as a blindfold. Because girl or boy, who doesn't love stepping outside of the day-to-day to become a world famous scientist who conducts food experiments with his or her amazing assistant (you!), in their luxurious laboratory.
Our family, friends and fellow readers have had a lot of success with this taste testing game and we're hopeful you will too.
Here's what to do:
Download your free copy of our worksheet right here (A Taste Testing Game for Picky Eaters) in PDF format so it's easy to print. Put on your lab assistant attire and get ready to observe, explore, experiment and then share your scientific findings together!
Remember, it takes time to develop a taste for (and learn to love) certain new foods.
This taste testing game will help your kiddos to start thinking about (and become mindful of) flavors so they judge food by how it tastes, rather than how it looks. They'll see eating new foods as a fun activity, rather than something they're forced to do.
Side note: If your children are genuinely fearful of new foods (we've had fellow mommas experience this first hand), reassure them that trying a food they don't like won't hurt them. They can start out by tasting it with their tongue, rather than chewing it, or they can spit it out if they discover it's something they don't like.
Don't forget to download your free copy of our worksheet: A Taste Testing Game for Picky Eaters.
Happy scientific sampling,
Pam & Kalie
P.S. If you're struggling to get your family to embrace real food, check out our blog post 10 Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Enjoy Real Food (Spouse + Kids).