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Help Your Picky Eaters Eat healthy

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  • I love how they renamed the prunes so the kids would try them. It worked. - 3/31/2014 12:02:18 PM
  • Great video! I am going to try it with my picky eaters - both of them. My husband does not eat anything that says "fiber", "grain" or "low-fat" on it. My daughter can happily go the entire day without eating and added more things to her "do not eat" list after seeing her dad say "yuck" to tomatoes and a few other things. I started buying her bad foods like mac 'n cheese and hot dogs just to get her to eat something.

    I wish I could get someone to my house. We can all use the help!!! - 2/17/2014 11:13:40 AM

  • I have two children gone from home, but need to try these tips on my Bid Kid, husband.
    Here goes it! - 2/17/2014 9:43:42 AM
  • Well part of me wants to say "either eat what I have made you or go without" although I know that does NOT always work either. Its very frustrating dealing with kids that just will not eat what you have made. It can be wasteful and time consuming. I was considered picky when I was a kid but I still was expected to eat what my Mom made for the most part.
    I cringed when I saw her let the boy eat whatever that was with WHIPPED CREAM on it. Probably wasn't even real cream.
    - 12/25/2013 6:30:54 PM
  • If only she would come to my house!!!! - 11/5/2013 10:45:10 PM
  • I with I could do that with my girls. They are so picky my 2 younger ones, it will be a real challenge if I could get them to eat some healthy snacks - 10/12/2013 9:01:11 AM
  • I luv this video, it has helped me loads. - 9/23/2013 11:05:47 AM
  • I luv this video, it has helped me loads. - 9/23/2013 11:05:47 AM
  • Nice video. Good information facts. I had the same problem. I been changing the way I shop for groceries since I started sparks. - 8/26/2013 7:57:20 PM
  • Nice video. Good information facts. I had the same problem. I been changing the way I shop for groceries since I started sparks. - 8/26/2013 7:56:24 PM
  • This was a good video, but I feel a need to point out that at their age, the boys only have access to junk food if the mom provides it. She is the one who shops for groceries. Hopefully, the lessons she learned from the nutritionist will stick with her. Becca - 8/10/2013 9:15:05 AM
  • Great video and good info. - 8/5/2013 9:52:50 AM
  • The only two foods I didn't like and wouldn't eat as a child were pickled beets and pickled pigs feet. To this day, I will starve before I eat pickled pigs feet.

    When I got married, my DW and I would cook and experiment with all kinds of food. Our first son came along and he decided he didn't like a couple of foods. We told him that mom and dad liked the foods and we were going to make them, as occasion demanded, and he had to take at least two bites of the food.

    By the time our second son came along, big brother was eating everything except pickled beets and pickled pigs feet. When younger brother started eating solid foods, he occasionally would make a face at a new (for him) food but saw big brother eating whatever. I think that even at a very young age that siblings will compete with each other (much younger than most people realize), and if older child will do something, younger child will do it, too.

    My oldest son was 8, and his best friend was the son of a high school acquaintance of mine. My son , Eric, became best friends with Robby and soon after they became best buds, Eric asked if Robby could stay over and eat at our house (I think that custom of "breaking bread" must be part of our genetic structure).

    Robby's dad, Ward, said sure, "Just be home by 7 o'clock". Robby's mom had unexpectedly had to work overtime, so she didn't get home until about 6:30, and dinner had been long over.

    She walked down to our house where I was mowing the lawn and my DW was weeding the flowers.

    She asked if everything had gone well with Robby at dinner-time and seemed a little shocked when we said he had been very polite and had wanted seconds on everything. She asked, "What did you have for dinner tonight?" and my wife answered, "Well, it was just meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans cooked with mushrooms and onions".

    Janice actually staggered back two steps and said, "Oh no. That's not possible. He won't eat meatloaf or green beans and he gets sick if he eats onions or mushrooms". The fact that he got sick eating ... - 6/19/2013 5:45:55 PM
  • While I firmly believe this video presents a too good to be true scenario (let's face it, kids are much more willing to try something new for a stranger than for their mom), I agree with a few things. For example, I, too, have had success with changing children's attitudes by changing what you call things. She changed prunes to gummy plums. I call zucchini muffins "breakfast cake with green sprinkles" to my 2 year-old and they are one of the only sources of fruit and veggies he readily approaches. I teach 10 year olds and have a few boys with the conception that poetry is "only for girls." When I introduced them to something called, "Guyku" - Haiku poems written about boys' experiences - they accepted it more willingly. I still have a few jocks who were onto my game and resist at all costs, though. My son would have spit that tomato at me so fast that I'd spend half that afternoon cleaning him, myself, and my kitchen!! - 4/3/2013 7:31:18 AM
  • When I was a kid I was required to eat a little of everything my mother prepared. I did not have to eat what most would consider a full portion, but I had to give it an honest try. My mother never avoided making foods we rejected, and she never relented on the rule to try everything. We were also not allowed to gorge on snack foods if we failed to eat the healthy foods she made at meal time. As a result, we learned to appreciate different kinds of food. I raised my children the same way, but once they moved out they began eating only those foods they could make quickly and cheaply. Now my grandchildren will only eat fast food or heavily processed foods. - 2/26/2013 2:27:02 PM