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Getting Your Kids to Try New Foods
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If kids do not eat the food on "Try it Tuesdays", they are not allowed
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Getting Your Kids to Try New Foods
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Hi. I am Kathy Moore for About.com Parenting. Is your family dinner menu stuck in a rut of pizza and macaroni and cheese? Convincing kids to try new foods is a challenge most parents face. This program will offer some tips and tricks to help expand your childs food horizons.
Try it Tuesdays

After a bit of trial and error experimentation we have hit on a program that really works to get our kids excited about trying new foods. We created Try It Tuesdays.

Here is how it works. Every Tuesday we make a special event at dinner centered around trying a new food that our kids either have not ever tried or would not eat in the past. As a general rule we tend to focus on healthier foods. After sampling the new food, each family member votes thumbs up or thumbs down on whether they like it or not. No one can vote unless they have tried at least 2 bites.
Reluctant Tasters

If someone does not want to try a particular item we do not make a big deal of it but if they do not try, then they cannot vote. So there is an incentive to participate. We have tried sampling fruits and vegetables like avacados and pomegranate as well as different cheeses. Or sometimes we just cook different pasta shapes and test to see if they taste alike.
Tasting Variety

With vegetables we also like to sample them in different ways. You can offer a sample of broccoli that is raw as well as steamed and even frozen. For some reason, our kids like frozen vegetable better than cooked.
Giving Children a Voice

Our experiment with Try it Tuesday is always interesting for the kids because it gives them a voice in helping to choose what foods we eat. And it has opened my eyes a bit as we have been able to expand our diet in a more healthy way.

Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at Parenting.About.com.
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