How to Plan a Balanced Thanksgiving Meal for Picky Eaters

Thanksgiving can be challenging for parents with picky eaters.  With a little planning, you can create a balanced Thanksgiving meal the whole family will enjoy.  Here are some tips to please your picky eaters without straying from Thanksgiving traditions or creating a lot of extra work.

  • Choose at least one food you know your child will like.
  • Engage your child in meal planning.
  • Engage your child in meal prep.
  • Use food bridges.
  • Make it look, smell, and taste delicious.
  • Keep the mealtime relaxing and enjoyable.



Cooking with Kids

The kitchen can be a fascinating place for young children. They see grown-ups working briskly in there, watch the steam rise from pots on the stove, and smell what’s on the menu that night. Even older kids might be intrigued by how baked goods and meals come together. It isn’t always convenient to invite them into the kitchen to help, but consider doing so when time allows.

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