Defeat Picky Eating Habits Once and for All | Ilana Muhlstein, MS, RDN

Hello everybody It’s Ilana, co-creator of the 2B Mindset! In today’s video I am going to cover pickiness. I am here to help!

00:23 How do I overcome the fear of trying new vegetables?
Understand our taste buds are always changing. What influences us, our habits, and our behaviors is changing and evolving too. Just because you didn’t like steamed, sad looking, ill-prepared veggies as a kid does not mean you’re not going to like them now. My first tip is to go to a restaurant you already love. If you love how they grill their steak or make their pizza you will also probably like how they sauté their spinach. Start playing with the side vegetable menu. Try their roasted cauliflower or spinach because if you like how they are doing other things you might also enjoy veggies at their place. When you find something you like ask the waiter how it was made, then start infusing those cooking methods and veggies into your own home!

01:17 How do I get myself to like vegetables as an adult who never has?
I recommend you work with the dishes you already love. If you love mac and cheese, get broccoli florets and stir them into the mac and cheese. That way you get all the flavors you love but now all of a sudden you are eating a lot more broccoli! You can’t tell the difference and it will start making you more open-minded. You can do something similar with lasagna, try layering in a thickly sliced eggplant or zucchini. You will not realize it’s in there but in the meantime you, your family, and everyone around you is eating more veggies and becoming more welcome to their textures, flavors, and all the nutrition they offer. There are so many great ways to start incorporating more veggies. For example, cauliflower rice, if you like meatballs and rice, you will probably like meatballs and cauliflower rice. If you like vodka sauce, try it with zucchini noodles. You do not have to go full in and eat only salads. You can start manipulating your foods with fun stir fry and different marinades. Keep being open minded and welcome to trying new things. If you aren’t allergic you probably will not have any sort of reaction that a little sip of water can’t take away!

02:48 How do you give snacks to picky kids?
Picky kids tend to eat with their eyes so I am a huge fan of little containers. I always send my daughter to school with a lot of little containers. I fill them up with all kinds of different fruits and veggies. Also become a fan of the mandolin slicer. Take a piece of cucumber, pepper, or apple and slice it into these fun little chips. Sprinkle it with lemon juice and salt and it tastes just like a chip! You can also put a salad dressing into another cup for dipping. This create a crisp texture that kids can really be open minded to. I also love playing with different colors of fruits and vegetables. If your kid said they don’t like red cherry tomatoes, then try yellow ones. Have fun with it, put them up to your eyes and call them eyeballs! Kids love when you smile, engage, and you model by eating it too. I love string cheeses for kids because they get to hold it in their hand and feel empowered. Guacamole cups because they don’t brown. When I do things like apple slices I always put lemon juice over them so they don’t brown because picky kids are not going to eat an apple if it goes brown. Work with them and do these tricks so it makes it more welcoming and appealing to the eye and they will eat it. And of course Daily Sunshine is designed for the picky eater. It is organic, blended fruits and vegetables, 10 grams of plant based protein, and tastes like a milkshake. Once your kids start liking this you can even add in the Power Greens boost. Kids will surprise you. Do not assume your kids are picky just because you are. Soups are another great way to deal with pickiness. If you have a blender you can blend and boil any vegetable into a soup, purée it, and you don’t even have to know what’s in it. It always tastes good. Use stir fry, lasagnas, and all these other kinds of dishes you love like mac and cheese to throw in more veggies.

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