How can I feed my picky eater more vegetables?


While it may be tempting to try to bribe or trick your child into eating more vegetables, research has shown that forcing your child to eat something can actually make picky eating behavior worse. Instead, try making your child’s experience with eating vegetables as positive, and low pressure, as possible. For example, try arranging vegetables in a fun way on your child’s plate, or get your child involved in preparing the vegetables at each meal. By getting your child involved and making it fun, you are more likely to get him/her excited about trying new vegetables and eating healthy in general. You can also try using healthy dips such as yogurt, hummus, or low-fat salad dressings to encourage your child to eat more vegetables or cut vegetables into fun shapes.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.