This week’s Tuesday Tip for Picky Eaters: Encourage samples.Who doesn't love grocery store samples? The tiny bite-sized portions are so enticing you just have to try them out. They are a fun, no-pressure way for kids to taste a new food without committing to a big serving.
There are two ways to embrace samples with your kids.
|Henry tries out an apple slice at the grocery store.|
Luckily, we have two grocery stores nearby that offer samples of nutritious whole foods. The first reliably sets out samples of fresh seasonal produce, including slices of apples and oranges. The second always has a wide selection of cheese samples on offer, from aged Parmesan to soft goat cheese. If you don't see good options at your local supermarket, talk with the produce manager or even the checkout clerk to ask them about featuring samples of local, organic and seasonal foods.
|Henry samples cheeses at the grocery store.|
- Offer a few crackers smeared with cream cheese or hummus and each topped with a different vegetable, maybe an olive, a cucumber slice, a cherry tomato, and a small piece of bell pepper.
- Serve small cubes of cheese and fruit skewered with tooth picks. Delicious combinations include cheddar/apple, parmesan/pear, feta/watermelon, goat cheese/strawberry, and blue cheese/papaya.
- Plate a variety of finger sandwiches on white, wheat and rye breads. Some of my favorites are chicken salad with grapes, turkey with cranberry, vegetable cream cheese, and cucumber tea sandwiches.