How to get your picky child to eat with the Green Food Taste Test!

green fruits and veggies in a muffin tin

Some parents are lucky and they have kids that will eat anything. But for most parents they struggle getting fruits and veggies into their kids’ growing bodies. And kids, much like adults, get stuck in a comfort zone– eating what’s familiar to their taste buds. Krissy shares an awesome hands-on activity that worked for her two kids, and I think that it might help you get your picky child to eat the good greens too.

Written by contributor Krissy of B.Inspired, Mama!

My kids are by far the pickiest eaters on the planet. I’ve tried sticker charts, bribes, threats, beatings (just kidding, of course)… But the best tactic so far has been giving my kids the job of “Taste Tester.” I was very skeptical that my little monsters would even participate. BUT…

green fruits and veggies taste test experiement

…they LOVED IT! I went with a St. Patrick’s Day theme and chose 9 green foods to offer in muffin tins (check out these adorable animal and bug muffin tins on Amazon here and here).

I included celery (with peanut butter), green grapes, broccoli, green apples, green peppers, and sugar snap peas. And I threw in a couple green treats, too, like lime jello, green gummy candies, and mint chocolate chips.

I could not believe how excited my kiddos were to try every one of my choices!

They ate vegetables that have probably never hit their lips before.

I made a chart with smiley and frown faces for them to circle based on their findings. And I was surprised to see that Priscilla had more smiley faces circled than not. And she’s even been begging to taste test red foods next.

For more inspiring activities from Krissy, head on over to B.Inspired Mama!

Here are some other “green” food ideas for your taste test

  • kiwi
  • peas
  • limes
  • pears
  • pickles
  • broccoli
  • zucchini
  • edamame
  • cucumber
  • asparagus
  • mint leaves
  • green tomatoes
  • baby spinach leaves

You could also experiement with a different color each week. I find Annabel Karmel’s book I Can Eat a Rainbow to be a great inspiration for younger kids to try different foods by their color. Let us know if you decide to try the taste test experiment at home. I’d love to see a picture of your budding scientist!

Join the discussion

Do you have a picky eater? What do you do to get your kids to try new foods?

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6 Responses to How to get your picky child to eat with the Green Food Taste Test!

  1. Alanna May 14, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    What a great idea! My 20 month old does not discriminate when it comes to food, but my 3 year old will just say “no thank you I’ll eat crackers”. We just recently started a garden and she was thrilled about eating what she grew. She had one squash slice, declared it delicious, but didn’t eat any more. I think she’ll love the idea of circling happy or sad faces. Can’t wait to try!

    • Krissy @ B.Inspired Mama May 14, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      I hope it works for your little ones, Alanna. I bet the garden with help alot. We’re working on ours right now!

  2. Malia {Playdough to Plato} May 14, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    This is a brilliant idea! I am definitely trying this game with my 2.5 year old. He is all about having an opinion these days. 🙂

    Giving him dipping sauces sometimes helps him overcome a bad case of picky-eating syndrome and we read A LOT of picky eater books. Here are 15 of my favorites:

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Popo Joy May 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Love this idea…making tasting a test that my little guy will feel like he’s in control and he gets to rate…I know he will try some things that he would not normally try. And maybe he’ll find a few new foods he didn’t think he’d like. I think this could work for my picky eater hubby too 🙂

  4. Trina {Beginner Beans} May 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    How fun is that?! I will definitely need to try this with my kiddos. In some way, it gives them permission to not like something, which I think is okay–as long as they actually try it and then decide.

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