Categories: Kids, Picky Eaters, Toddlers

Nurture Life Meals for Picky Eaters

Proper nutrition is necessary for kids’ growth, and the healthy decision-making skills and eating habits they develop at a young age can set them up for success down the road. By teaching kids to eat a healthy, wholesome diet, you can encourage a positive relationship with food that lasts a lifetime. 

But this is easier said than done. As your little ones grow, so do their personalities and opinions, which are sure to come out at mealtime. 

At Nurture Life, we understand that many kids are hesitant to approach certain vegetables, whole grains or other new and unfamiliar foods, which can be difficult when you’re trying to get your child to eat more nutritiously. That’s why our team of chefs and registered dietitians has collaborated to develop kid-friendly, well-balanced meals for picky eaters of all ages. Our premade meals are created specifically for kids who are still learning to try new ingredients, flavors and textures, while also incorporating a full serving of veggies and vital nutrients like protein, fiber and iron that many picky eaters’ diets lack.

Need some direction? Here are a few of our favorite kid-friendly meals for picky eaters straight from Nurture Life’s menu:

Chicken Bites with Green Beans & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This dish is familiar to picky eaters but packed with balanced nutrition! Our crispy baked Chicken Bites provides 25g of protein, while naturally sweet green beans and roasted sweet potatoes give this meal a kid-friendly source of fiber. It will quickly become your picky eater’s favorite!

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Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

Mac & cheese is a timeless classic that rarely disappoints even the pickiest eater. Nurture Life’s Mac & Cheese is made with whole wheat pasta, making the meal an excellent source of fiber: one serving of Nurture Life Mac & Cheese provides a quarter of a child’s daily fiber requirements. We also puree butternut squash into our creamy cheddar cheese sauce, which provides about 60 percent of your kids’ Daily Value of vitamin C.

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Chicken Meatballs with Pasta & Vegetables

A successful way to get your kid to try a new food is by pairing it with something they already like, which is why we pair mild-tasting cauliflower with broccoli! Kids will also love our flavorful housemade chicken meatballs, which provide a lean alternative to the traditional beef variety. To round out the meal, we use whole wheat rotini in our pasta, which packs in fiber and B vitamins, important nutrients for converting carbohydrates into energy. Plus our pasta sauce has carrots and butternut squash blended in for extra hidden veggies!

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Egg Bite with Mini Pancakes & Sweet Potatoes

Breakfast can be served all day long with this picky eater favorite. With a fontina and Parmesan egg bite, mini whole wheat pancakes and deeply roasted maple-glazed sweet potatoes, this brunch-inspired meal offers a healthier take on an American-style breakfast. Going beyond toaster waffles or sugary cereal, it provides a full serving of organic veggies and filling protein—exactly what your kids need to fuel their day.

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BBQ Pulled Pork with Carrots & Cornbread

Who says backyard BBQ vibes have to end with summer? With this deliciously balanced meal, you can serve up your kid’s favorite BBQ flavors all year long while providing 25g of protein and a full serving of veggies. Featuring a cornbread loaf and glazed organic carrots, this meal has a natural sweetness that makes it a hit with picky eaters—without the need for tons of added sugar or empty-calorie condiments on the side.

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Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Nurture Life’s take on classic meatloaf keeps all the kid-friendly flavor and adds a lighter mix of ground turkey, ricotta cheese and hidden veggies. Served with a side of mashed cauliflower potatoes and organic green beans, our meatloaf delivers comfort without compromising on nutrition.

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For more picky eater food, check out the “Picky Eater Fav” sticker on our menu items!

More Picky Eater Tips!

Encouraging your child to eat a well-balanced diet can be a frustrating process! If you need more quick tips and picky eating strategies, check out How to Parent a Picky Eater with Less Stress and What to Keep In Your Kitchen for Picky Eater Emergencies.

Need more personalized picky eater help? Reach out to our dietitians at nutrition@nurturelife.com to ask questions about meals for picky eaters!

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Lara Field

Lara has been working with Nurture Life since its inception, collaborating with the culinary team on the creation of all menus and recipes to ensure they are nutritionally appropriate and correctly proportioned for every age and stage of a child’s development and providing pediatric nutrition expertise to Nurture Life customers. Lara is the owner/founder of FEED—Forming Early Eating Decisions, a nutrition consulting practice specializing in pediatric nutrition and digestive diseases. Lara has over a decade of experience in clinical practice at two of the top ranked pediatric hospitals in the country, Lurie Children’s Hospital and University of Chicago Medical Center. Lara received her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S. and dietetic internship from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Lara truly enjoys the process of eating (and feeding!), from procuring the ingredients at various grocery stores and farmers markets, to organizing her pantry/refrigerator at home to make it easy to select healthy options, to preparing balanced meals with her children. Whether it be a decadent treat to a hearty, home-cooked meal, there is no greater satisfaction for Lara than enjoying food with her family.

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