Trying new foods often begins at the grocery store
Andrea's daughters are more open to trying foods they get to choose at the grocery store:
I'm sure the majority of parents out there have trouble getting their kids to try new foods. I've discovered that "trying" often begins at the grocery store.
My daughters are 5 and 7. The younger eats a wide variety of foods. The older is pickier, but is more apt to try something new.
For the past few months, whenever we go to the grocery store (mind, this is a market-type store that specializes in produce) I have been telling them they can pick ANYTHING they want. But I retain final veto.
At first they made the obvious choices: strawberries and melons. I was cool with that. Last week the youngest wanted a bunch of carrots (!). Their choices have always been good ones, and at home we make a big production out of eating their fruit or vegetable. But lately they've surprised me by choosing foods they've never had. Their delight is wonderful to behold. Last week my older daughter chose a Pomelo. I've never eaten one. And I was a little hesitant.
Should I spend the $2.50 on something I'm not sure about? I was about to say no, but caught myself and agreed. Why not?
We brought it to grandma and grandpa's house for all of us to try. There were six of us and no one had ever tried a Pomelo before. After some Googling we discovered that it was a kin of the grapefruit, not as juicy but not as sour either. We all tried it and, well, to be honest the reviews were mixed. (But I would definitely use it in a salad!)
Anyway, I wanted to share this hack. I think the lesson here was not lost on anyone. The kids tried something new, and we all learned something in the process.