How To Keep Your Cool When Your Kid Only Wants Chicken Nuggets and French Fries

We are in the thick of picky eating. Are you? My kid would literally eat chicken nuggets and french fries for every meal if I’d let him. I have not mastered him actually eating his vegetables yet, so that’s not the advice you will be getting from me. But, if you have that magic trick, hook a mamma up?

I am impatient by nature. Which often means getting frustrated easily. So, today my advice is how to keep your cool when your picky kid only wants chicken nuggets and french fries.

How to keep your cool when your kid is a picky eater.

Variety on the plate.

I continue to give him multiple healthy options, even if he refuses to eat it. Every meal has a protein, fruit, and a vegetable. The theory is, the more he sees it, he’ll eventually give in and try a bite.

Food that you’ll eat if they don’t.

Trick of the picky eater trade. If they won’t be eating much of what you’re making, make it something you like. Less waste.

Encourage them to try new things.

At two and half, he’s not ready to enforce the one-bite-before-you-leave-the-table rule. But, I encourage him to try. Mmm this is so good! I’d love for you to try it.

Remind them that this is what the family eats.

While trying to keep my cool. I will say, ok but remember this is how the family eats. We eat healthy. Although, I want to scream you will not win this battle. Just eat!!

Celebrate the new things they will try.

Even if it’s not necessarily healthy, I do a party dance every time my stinker tries anything new.

Shows and books that talk about eating.

“Thank you Daddy for making spaghetti. Even though I didn’t like it.” Thank you Super Why, episode King Eddie Only Eats Spaghetti. For that sweet and smart response. We are going to  checking out this books from Amazon as well.

Daniel Tries New Food

Good Enough to Eat

Most importantly, stay patient and consistent.

You can’t force them to eat. But, you can continue to offer them new and healthy foods and encourage them to try. Lead by example and show them healthy habits.

Best of luck!

One Day they’ll eat a vegetable again, mommy.


10 Responses to How To Keep Your Cool When Your Kid Only Wants Chicken Nuggets and French Fries

  1. Saving this post for when my soon-to-arrive twins hit this age. I am positive at least one of them will give me a run for my money about our food choices. Great suggestions. Thank you!

  2. These are all great tips! I can totally relate to having a picky eater! My 4 year old is still really picky but recently he’s tried pasta and hamburgers, which is HUGE for him! Baby steps but we’re making progress!!

  3. Tonja Lee says:

    Oh man. This is my life right now. One tip that I have is to not even put the healthy stuff on the plate. Put it on YOUR plate and then exaggerate about how delicious it is. Works like a charm. My kid always wants what is on my plate because it clearly tastes better when it’s not meant for him. 😂 Good luck mama!

  4. JeeYoung says:

    Such great tips. My two year old is a hard one at dinner time. I need to pick up some books about eating!

  5. My 2 year old will only Chicken Nuggets and Mac and cheese for lunch and dinner. It’s such a struggle, but I love your tips! I will be giving them a try tomorrow!

  6. Kelly says:

    “You gotta try new things ’cause they might taste gooooood!” Oh we are right here in the trenches with you on this one. My 3-year-old is really digging his heels in a mealtimes and it can be so frustrating. These are great tips for another impatient mama!!

  7. Tamara Goyette says:

    For the longest time I was labeled as a picky eater, it wasn’t until I was a bit older that my family found out I have multiple allergies. Sometimes it can be more than just a picky eater, but that being said all of these are amazing pointers!

  8. Heydy says:

    I have a picky eater too. All he wants is french fries and chicken nuggets. So ya these tips will come in handy for me! Thank you!

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