Posted on November 06 2015
We are almost one full week into November and it's time to start thinking about that Thanksgiving dinner. But if you're like me and have a very picky eater on your hands, this is something you dread. Even if you aren't the one cooking, you wonder what your kid is going to do when the rest of the family is gathered around the table (or on couches) feasting away.
Well, in trying to find some ideas to help my little one with the problematic tastebuds, I came across some I thought were worthy of sharing. I'm sure I'm not the only mom who is embarrassed to pull a sandwich bag full of cereal out of her purse during the Thanksgiving meal. Here's what I found:
Make It Look Fun
Cut the Turkey into the shape of a Lion (or other animal). The Mane can be Mac and Cheese, Stuffing, Mashed Sweet Potatoes or some other side. Everything else can be improvised. If your child isn't a fan of brussell sprouts (and regular eaters usually aren't, let alone picky eaters), use grapes instead.
Keep It Simple
Turkey Sandwiches are less intimidating than the Traditional Turkey but isn't it all the same? Make your choosy kid feel included with this classic sandwich and a side of Corn on the Cob or even some potato chips. It's a Holiday so there's room for leniency!
Dress it Up
Getting your picky eater to eat fruit? Probably never going to happen. But if it's inside of a waffle cone like an ice cream cone, now, you may be on to something!
Have Favorites on Deck
When all else fails, dangle your child's favorite dessert over his/her head. Let him/her know what the reward will be after he/she eats dinner. And don't give in, which is the hardest part. Trust me, I know. But stand strong and only let up off the cakes and cookies after your child has digested something as close to a Thanksgiving Meal as possible.
Enjoy! And Have a Happy Holiday!