Monday, September 14, 2015

Feeding The Picky Eater On the Road

Traveling can be stressful, and it is very possible that your picky eater will become more picky while on the road. 

In order to ensure good nutrition while traveling, pack nutrient dense meals and snacks that your child is familiar with and likes.

Good examples are 100% nutrition dry cereals, apples and peanut butter, bananas, and granola or fruit bars. For on the road meals, consider cheese sandwiches, homemade baked oven fries, or cold cut sandwiches. If your packed food needs refrigeration, be sure to bring a cooler with ice or purchase on that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter.

It’s also a good idea to pack a few of your child’s favorite treats so you can reward good eating on the road.

When dining at restaurants abroad, order from the children’s menu and let the child decide what they would like to eat. Take the time to explain to your child what each item is and how it compares to food they eat at home. Try to choose a restaurant that has an interesting décor. Country style and ‘oldies’ or historical themed restaurants might hold your child’s attention. Buffet style establishments may be a good choice. They usually offer a wide selection of dishes and your child can see the food before it shows up on their plate.

And of course, there is nothing wrong with the occasional trip through your child’s favorite fast food drive through to help encourage them to eat.

Do remember that some family members may take offense to your child’s picky eating habits. Members of the older generation, especially, tend to feel hurt or upset if your child will not eat the foods they lovingly prepared. Take the time to speak with family members before the trip to explain your child’s likes and dislikes. 

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