I have a fussy 16 year old eater. She wants to eat healthy but is so reluctant to try new foods. Any suggestions?

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Susie - posted on 08/28/2013

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Thank you Tia. These are good tips. Especially about teaching her the marketing trappings. Also, just because it comes from Whole Foods doesn't necessarily mean it's not high in calories.

TIA - posted on 08/28/2013

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1. LAY DOWN THE FACTS. A LARGE PORTION OF HER CURRENT DIET PROBABLY CONTAINS A MOUNTAIN OF UNHEALTHY INGREDIENTS. THEREFORE, EATING HEALTHIER FOODS MEANS TRYING NEW FOODS.
2. TASTE TEST NEW FOODS. A TIP FROM TASTE TESTERS IS: DONT SWALLOW BECAUSE IT AFFECTS THE TASTE OF THE NEXT FOOD. I DICE UP A NEW FOOD AND BITE BY BITE I TRY A LITTLE THIS OR A DAB OF THAT ON IT TO FIND OUT WHAT SEASONING OR SAUCE TO USE ON IT.
3. ANOTHER OPTION IS TO HAVE HER RESEARCH HOW TO MAKE HER CURRENT CHOICE OF FOODS HEALTHIER. FOR EXAMPLE NO SALT, NO ADDED SUGAR, AND NOTHING FRIED. BAKED IS BETTER THAN FRIED AND AN OPTION FOR MANY FRIED FOODS. LEARNING HOW TO READ THE NUTRITION LABELS IS AN INVALUABLE TOOL FOR HEALTHY EATERS.
4. HAVE HER LOOK UP HEALTHY RECIPES AND HAVE HER HELP MAKE THEM. THIS SHOULD REALLY IMPROVE THE RESISTANCE TO TRY NEW FOODS.
5. HELP TEACH HER HOW TO EAT HEALTHIER AND HOW TO SPOT MARKETING MANIPULATION. FOR EXAMPLE: ALL NATURAL DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN GOOD FOR YOU. COCAINE IS ALL NATURAL.

IM SO GLAD TO HEAR SUCH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON HEALTH FROM A 16 YEAR OLD. THE KIDS THESE DAY HAVE COME A LONG WAY FROM MY DAY!

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