How to stop wasting food with your picky eater

Sarah Derry
Nourished Village Nutrition
Don't let all that uneaten food end up in the trash.

Many parents tell me that they are tired of serving food to their child only to have it end up in the trash. I get how disheartening it is, and I know groceries aren’t cheap these days! Here are a few tips to help you navigate this:

Start with small portions of everything.

Kids’ appetites vary a ton from day to day and meal to meal. Start with small portions of everything, especially non-preferred foods. You can always offer more if they want it!

Use leftovers to your advantage.

Do you have three green beans left over from dinner? Save them! Leftovers are a great option for repeated exposures to new or non-preferred foods. I suggest waiting a day before offering the food again, and switching up the presentation a little bit just to make it a little more interesting.

Remember that it’s about so much more than eating.

Kids need to get comfortable with food on many levels before they will be ready to eat it. Just because they didn’t eat the broccoli tonight doesn’t mean it was a lost cause. With each exposure they are learning, and they are one step closer to eating that food. Think of it as an investment that will pay off in the long term. 

Sarah Derry, Registered Dietitian, is a child and family nutrition expert who helps families conquer mealtimes and raise happy, adventurous eaters. She offers virtual coaching at Nourished Village Nutrition. For more tips, follow her on Instagram @nourishing.picky.eaters