Toddlers: Eating the Same Food Every Day

When your toddler eats the same food every day, it is often more frustrating for parents than harmful to the child. While it’s important to understand that these eating jags won’t last forever, there are ways to gently encourage your toddler to try new foods and, at the very least, diversify their nutritional intake creatively or with dietary supplements.

In this post, we’ll discuss ways to incorporate different foods into your child’s diet, stress-free eating tips, and how to ensure they are receiving all the nutrients necessary to thrive.

Introduce New Foods Slowly and (if necessary) Sneakily

It’s vital to meet your toddler where they are, which means approaching new food options with caution and grace. Start slow and offer one new food option at a time. If they refuse, shrug it off and try again with their next meal.

If all else fails, get sneaky. Nutritional yeast is a vitamin powerhouse that even the most scrupulous toddler won’t notice sprinkled on their favorite foods. Add this to their pasta, scrambled eggs, or any food your toddler eats every day, and give yourself the peace of mind of knowing their go-to meal is nutrient-dense.

There is also the option of healthy condiments. Say your toddler loves french fries and ketchup. Add pureed carrots or sweet potato to a homemade tomato base, and you have a dipping sauce rich in micronutrients to help support a healthy immune system.

Focus on the Social Aspect of Eating

Even though dealing with a picky eater might lead to feelings of frustration and stress, mealtimes should be lowkey and an opportunity for casual socialization. Instead of focusing on food at the dinner table, talk about your toddler’s fun day at the park, their new favorite toy, and if they enjoyed destroying the house that day.

Small talk at the table encourages the social aspect of eating and distracts from opportunities that may provoke negative feelings and reactions.

Let Your Toddler Make Decisions

If you haven’t noticed, toddlers like to be in charge. So, make mealtime fun by including them in some key decision-making processes. For example, have them choose what color plates the The family will be using, choose who is sitting where, and assign them the task of folding napkins for the table.

Empowering your toddler to make choices and participate actively in mealtime will prevent a power struggle from ensuing. Instead, let them feel like they are choosing what to eat, and they’ll go for it without a fuss.

Encourage Healthy Foods with Patience and Creativity

When your toddler eats the same foods every day, it’s important to remember that their eating jag won’t last forever. Still, you’ll want to ensure that your toddler receives adequate nutrients for good health and a refined palate to help them ease into a healthy lifestyle and appreciation for nutritious food.

Introduce new foods alongside the foods they enjoy eating every day. Do this with patience, and don’t force your toddler to eat something they are refusing.

Keep mealtime light and fun, focusing on the social aspect of eating. Encourage your toddler to participate in meal planning and setup so they feel empowered and in control.

When concerned about nutrient intake, get creative with their meals and sneak in nutritional yeast, pureed vegetables, or a dietary supplement to help them meet their developmental milestones.

Feeling frustrated when your toddler eats the same food daily is normal. Meet them where they are and understand this is a phase – and, just like any other, with the right tools and techniques, it too shall pass.

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