Seven Foolproof Picky Eater Tips

Do you sneak veggies in or are you more of a cut-it-into-shapes kind of mom?

Most of our kids are pretty good eaters and love their spinach, broccoli and seaweed salads, but all of them have their picky eater moments.

And while we prefer a more straight-ahead approach, aka the easiest/fastest/most laissez-faire route, there are days when we have the time and nothing save a slight of hand will make for a nutritious meal.

Pretty pink beet pancakes courtesy of the lovely

Here are seven of our best picky eater tips, to help carry you through the meals when she wants nothing but pasta, bread or, well, nothing.

1. Managing editor Christina purées a mass of veggies to make a super foods pizza sauce for fifteen-month-old Ava.

2. When Christina’s daughter was a baby, she would gobble up blueberries if they were hidden in the pocket of her play table.

3. Senior editor Robin’s kindergartner, Charlotte, will eat up most any sandwich—if it’s cut up into eight small squares.

4. Jenn Dunstan, our senior designer, scoops toddler-friendly fruit pops with a melon baller for  20-month-old Olivia.

5. Melissa, CF’s lifestyle editor, serves pretty pink pancakes to her toddler, Sebastien. Roast two beets, slip off the skins and refrigerate. Pop them in the blender with all the other pancake ingredients or your favourite mix, and blitz. Add a little more milk, if needed.

6. We all swear by a microplane grater. Whether you want to sneak something in occasionally and immediately, or forget to add a flavour earlier in the recipe, this lets you slip it in easily at the end.

7. Editor-in-chief Jen swears by these sweet potato fries. And her son, James, runs inside for dinner when broccoli stir-fried in sesame oil and oyster sauce is on the menu.

PS: We’re looking for a healthy freezer treat for our toddlers, something they can slurp on at the table, so that we get more of an opportunity to finish our meals. Anything other than straight frozen juice, really, but hopefully something almost as easy! Do you have a good picky eater smoothie pop or Popsicle recipe? If so, please share.

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