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Do You Have a Picky Eater on Your Hands?

Some tricks from experts that really work-- even with super-picky eaters --from The Sneaky Chef Missy Chase Lapine, a Parenting Mom and author of a New York Times Bestseller:

Don't make a big deal about it. If you announce "We're going to try something new tonight," your child will just translate that as "This is going to be disgusting; prepare to hate it." Instead, just set the plate down and let your child explore it for herself.

Make it fun. You may have seen cute pictures of pancakes topped with smiley fruit faces or grilled cheese sandwiches served in cookie-cutter shapes. Taking the time now and then to make healthy foods kid-friendly--even just adding ketchup or making up a clever name like "silly sauce" or "power peas" is always a winner. Making things dunkable is another favorite of children: Offer a little warmed oozy peanut butter or yogurt to dip her fruit into, or some ranch dressing to go with steamed vegetables to entice them to munch on a possibly undesirable snack.

Make compromises. Incorporate the healthy stuff into dishes you know your child likes. If she loves pizza, try adding pineapple. If you have own a muffin pan, try making a batch with blueberries or carrots or even grated zucchini. Is your kid a fan of chicken nuggets? Bake them with whole-grain bread crumbs instead of white, to sneak in some whole-grains filled with healthy nutrients.

Talk it up. A kid doesn’t think about cholesterol or heart disease, but will take notice if you tell him that those cookies won't give him enough energy to climb the jungle gym or keep up with his friends in the swimming pool.

Eat it yourself. If you won't touch anything green, why should they? But if they see you enjoying a big salad or a fish dish, they just may come around—eventually.

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