Every meal feels like a heavyweight bout in your house. And you don’t have much help in your corner.
Before you throw in the kitchen towel, try these tips from the healthy eating experts at MMMunch.
Don’t Be a Short-Order Cook
Unless your kids tip big, don’t take orders. That’s how picky eaters are created. Give them a choice occasionally, but remember management’s policy: You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.
Take them shopping. Let them pick out something new and have them help cook, because if they chose it or made it, chances are they’ll try it.
Put a taste of a new food on their plates without explaining. Intrigue works better than bribery. Kids can smell desperation and will think if you’re selling something it must be awful.
Change It Up
Think outside the broc. Turn kale into kale chips. Carrot sticks into carrot juice. And pretty much any fruit can become a smoothie.
It may take ten to twelve tries before a kid likes something new. But it will happen if he can dip it, stick it, stack it, or roll it.
Should have your picky eater chomping like a champ in no time.
MMMunch (917-771-6114 or mmmunch.com).
Artwork from Listen to the Wind
What: The beautiful illustrations will transport you to a village in Pakistan.
Why: It’s a small world
When: Tues.-Jan. 10. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., b/t Amsterdam Ave. & Broadway (212-721-1234).
Shana Barry and the Fofers
What: A multimedia performance features indie-folk tune, animated videos, and a visit from Barry’s friends from the secret island of Fof.
Why: Meet the Fofers.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.
Where: 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., at Canal St. (212-601-1000).
What: The African tradition of storytelling is brought to life through movement and song. Free for all ages.
Why: It’s a rhythm nation.
When: Sun., 3 p.m.
Where: Kingsborough Community College, Performing Arts Center, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn (718-368-5596).
Photo: Getty Images