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Making Food Fun

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Keep your kids interested in different healthy meals besides Pizza, or PB&J. Put more variety on their plates and keep them smiling with these kid-tested ideas.
Picky-Eater Patrol

Picky-Eater Patrol

Navigating mealtimes can prove tricky for parents of picky eaters. But don’t despair—kids go through food phases for lots of reasons, including fear of the unknown. In fact, toddlers and preschoolers may need 10 to 20 exposures to a new food before they accept it, say nutrition experts. Taste, texture, and color can influence a child’s response as well.

Easy and creamy Elbow Macaroni Salad gets extra color and flavor from chopped carrots, bell pepper, red onion and green onions. Perfect for a simple family meal.

Be Adventurous

Be Adventurous

Your own adventurous spirit will go a long way in getting your kids to try nutritious new foods. Set an example by swapping your favorite deep-fried chicken nuggets for broiled fish, suggests nutritionist Connie Evers, MS, RD.  

This Panko Crusted Tilapia with Spicy Tartar Sauce is sure to become a family favorite. Featuring lightly breaded tilapia and flavorful spicy tartar sauce, your family will never ask for bland fish sticks again. 

Do Try This at Home!

Do Try This at Home!

Experience is a great teacher for older children. Allow room for food experiments while gently guiding them toward balance.

Focus on one positive long-term goal. Break that goal into achievable objectives, such as eating the recommended servings of green veggies every day for one week.

Ready in 30 minutes, this Turkey Bolognese with Vegetables features your choice of carrots and peas or other vegetables in a delicious tomato-based sauce. The lean ground turkey is a delicious alternative to the traditional preparation. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and finely chopped herbs.

Be Creative

Be Creative

Make up new names— hard-boiled egg slices are 'egg canoes', cheese chunks are 'building blocks' and broccoli florets are 'trees'.

This Chinese-Style Beef and Broccoli recipe is made with finely chopped ginger and garlic to add delicious flavor. You'll love how the MAGGI Seasoning Sauce adds extra dimension to this easy-to-make dish. Serve with rice.

Moving Past Picky

Moving Past Picky

Expand your kids’ food horizons by preparing their “picky foods” in a variety of ways: raw, in soups, or with a low-fat dip.

This Quick and Easy Meatball Soup is a great mealtime solution when you are looking for something light yet nourishing. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro or other fresh herbs for extra color and flavor.