The Picky Eaters Project: Melissa's Toolkit
The List: Note the foods your kids like by category (e.g., pasta) along with the variations they like (spaghetti, penne).
Download The List
The Daily Victory File: Keep a quick daily journal of two victories and one opportunity for improvement to help track progress.
Download The Daily Victory File
The Taste Test Book: Let your kids rate and comment on all the foods they try.
Download The Taste Test Book
Grocery List: Get your shopping list organized before heading off to the market.
Download Melissa's Grocery List
Download Melissa's principles of the Picky Eaters Project for a full week-by-week overview of the program.
Portion Control for Sweets
Instead of serving full-size sweets like brownies, present a tray of one-bite brownies. Empower the kids and ask them whether they want one or two, knowing that eating two bite-size brownies is still smaller than a full portion. But also serve a bowl of fruit salad or yogurt, and tell them they can have as they want.
Read the Nutrition Labels
By giving your kids the information, you're redirecting the need for a power struggle into an appropriate and useful outlet — utilizing the power of education. Saying, "let's see what the labels say" puts you both on the same team. Get more of Melissa's tips for teaching kids about nutrition here.