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Nashville, Ark. – Do you have a picky eater at your house? If so, you are not alone.
Picky eating is a common problem among young children, preschoolers especially. While
this may be a concern for many parents, look at the big picture. As long as your preschooler
is healthy, growing normally, and has plenty of energy, they are most likely getting
what they need nutritionally speaking.
Some reasons your preschooler may be a picky eater include:
Your child’s picky eating is usually short term and they will improve
within a few years. Here are some tips to help you get through this trying period
in your child’s life.
Good nutrition habits are important. Remember, you are helping your child
develop good eating practices. Make sure they are nutritious!
For more information on healthy eating, contact the Howard County Extension
Office at 870-845-7517 and ask for a copy of the fact sheet, “Healthy Tips for Picky
Eaters.” You may also visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
You may also want to check out the website www.choosemyplate.gov where you will find lots of information on eating healthy.
This recipe is great for after school snacking! Children can make it themselves
and it features foods from four of the five food groups! Making food fun to eat helps
children try new foods. This is a simple snack where children create a mouse with
6 graham crackers
4 oz. berry cream cheese
2-3 pieces of string cheese
2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
Wash strawberries and remove the stems. Slice in half lengthwise. Take
one graham cracker and break in half to create a square. Spread cream cheese on top
of cracker. Arrange strawberry on cream cheese spread. Take string cheese and pull
off a small section. Arrange on cracker to represent the mouse’s tail. Add two sunflower
seeds for the ears. Enjoy!
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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