by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
One of the toughest things for parents to deal with is when they have a child who is a picky eater. When my daughter was one, I would always try to buy her a variety of foods – anything just to get her to eat – and nothing helped at the time. Fast forward seven years – she is now an adventurous eater but I will never forget those difficult times. I am currently dealing with her youngest brother who is almost-two-year-old and also a picky eater , so I was really looking forward to attending a luncheon at Blue Hill restaurant with Pediatric Doctor Alan Greene, hosted by Plum Organics. It was a delicious lunch – all locally-sourced food – and I learned some great tips about dealing with picky eaters, which I’m happy to share.Tips from Dr. Alan Greene, Pediatric advisor to Plum Organics:
- Toddlers need 13 grams of protein per day. If you can’t give them this much at least aim for a couple of grams just so they get some nutrients and also to get their palates used to the taste.
- Almost everyone loves a sweet treat. Roasted veggies that get caramelized, as well as fresh fruit like raspberries, are a great snack option. When you provide a snack, make sure every bite counts.
- If your kids don’t eat balanced meals over the course of a day (or even a week) it’s okay. Just make sure that over a course of a few weeks they can balance out their nutrition.
- Properly-spaced snacks help kids eat better during meals. Grazing throughout the day is not recommended.
- The Plum Organics Mighty 4 pouch can make a great snack – it can be used a a spread or as a dip. The pouches contain 4 food groups – fruits, veggies, whole grains and protein.
- For kids who may have some vitamin deficiency, Mighty Sips is a drink coming out this fall. This is an organic, milk-based drink that has no artificial colors and flavors. It contains spinach and carrots, as well as 22 vitamins and minerals. With 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber it is a much healthier alternative than the leading brand.
Visit Plum Organics to learn more about their line of toddler snacks.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a gift bag.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 7, 5 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.