Feeding a tween is like riding a rollercoaster. Some days it’s exhilarating: we’re intrepid explorers, discovering new flavors together! Other times it’s the pits: we’re stuck in a rut and we’re going to be eating mac and cheese for the rest of our lives!
My 10-year-old son is by turns adventurous and avoidant. He loves sushi but hates sandwiches. He’s into spicy foods but refuses to taste bananas or mashed potatoes. As a busy parent, I’ve developed a few strategies to help my temperamental tween try new things and get the nutrients he needs:
1. Salad first. Late afternoon is prime grazing time, so I make sure I’ve got plenty of prepped fruits and veggies on hand. At our house, the favorites are apples, carrots, snap peas, avocado, cantaloupe and grapes. On a typical day, the kid has already consumed a couple of servings before the grown-ups sit down to dinner... Read More