Relax. A recent study out of Finland looked at 500 picky five year olds and found their diets were not that different than kids described as "good eaters."
The picky eaters ate a little less fiber and calcium. The biggest difference was when the picky eaters ate most of their calories-at snack time. So, take advantage of those rare moments when your child actually feels like eating something and make it nutritious.
Another take home message: Kids are more likely to try new foods when they have participated in the preparation (help in the kitchen) or even the production of it (try a family garden). And, offering a new food several times in a row without pressure (or reward) is more likely to lead to acceptance of a new food.
As for what to do when your child needs to bring a cold lunch to school, here are some tips;
Sources of protein:
Sneaky sources of vegetables:
Other cold food items:
Remember, you can only set up the right environment for good nutrition. Let your child decide whether or not to eat and how much.
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