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Helping your picky eater during holiday meals can feel tricky, that’s why I love to encourage food play. The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter and another year is nearly gone. While it feels like these weeks are going to go by in the blink of an eye, I want to encourage you to find a few ways you can include food play in your family time this season. Below are 12 food play ideas for picky eaters this fall, if you try any of them be sure to tag me!
Green Beans are so common on the holiday table, and year round really! They would make a great food to practice with since getting kids liking them would impact your dinners year round. Some ideas for creative play with green beans include:
Cranberries are so fun and colorful. They’re also a unique fruit and difficult to find at other times of the year, so I love to double down on activities with them during the fall.
Many of the families I work with struggle with mashed potatoes, maybe yours does too. Mashed potatoes are a very different texture than typical foods we eat, and many families feel like mashed potatoes are a decadent dish and thus only serve at holiday meals. Which means… Kids don’t see them often enough to feel comfortable! Here are some ways you can help your kids have fun with potatoes this holiday.
How often do you make a whole turkey? What about a whole roast chicken?? A couple times a month for your kids to practice and know what it looks or tastes like? Yeah, me neither! It’s just not in the routine. Which means we have to be intentional about exposure.
If you’re looking for more guidance on helping your kids THRIVE this holiday season and beyond through food play and good nutrition, download Blissful Meals Holiday Guide today!