Do you get scared when you think about introducing new foods to your toddler? When toddlers see new foods, they can sometimes react by screaming, tossing their plate onto the floor, or throwing the food at you! I’m thankful that The Boy would cry and push his plate away. He’d often say “I don’t want that on my plate!” I knew that he needed a wider variety in his diet, but didn’t know how to do it in a way he would accept.
I decided to take him to a nutritionist that specializes in children. (High five to me for taking this step!) She made several suggestions that we so easy to implement. We went to see her weekly for six weeks and were recently “discharged” from her program because The Boy is doing so well.
She taught me that the best time for introducing new foods to your toddler is during snack time. Toddlers associate snack time as a more relaxed period and may feel less discomfort about a new food being on the plate. The Boy didn’t like raw baby carrots, or so I thought. One day I put them out for our snack with two different “dips”. I sliced the carrots, made them into long sticks and left a few whole. It turns out that he is not a dipper, and likes the baby carrots when they are in long sticks. (I observed it was easier for him to chew the sticks as opposed to the whole baby carrots.)
You’ll be shocked to learn that The Boy does not eat macaroni and cheese: whether it is Annie’s Organic boxed or my fabulous homemade recipe. He won’t even eatLobster Macaroni and Cheese! Until I put a spin on it…
I cooked the macaroni and cheese according to package directions, then I placed a few of the elbow macaroni into a cast iron skillet and topped with shredded cheese. It turned into a “crispy cheesey macaroni” and is round like a cracker. He loved it.
Getting creative with foods is one way to encourage your toddler to eat new foods. Though the nutritionist, we found that The Boy prefers to eat things that are cut into “strips” as opposed to “squares” or “triangles” or “circles”. He also enjoys spicy and savory things – like salsa and sausages.
What are some of your toddler’s favorite foods? How do you encourage your toddler to try new foods?
Disclosure: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. If you believe that your toddler could benefit from a nutritionist, consult your pediatrician. The tips and tricks presented in this post are things that I tried with The Boy. This post is not meant to replace the advice of a nutritionist or your pediatrician.
This is part of series of posts titled Motherhood Mondays where I’ll be sharing my parenting experiences, tips and advice. If there is a specific topic you would like to see in the coming weeks, please email me with Motherhood Mondays in the subject line.