Kitchen tips from Tyler Florence: How to encourage your picky eater

Kitchen tips from Tyler Florence: How to encourage your picky eater

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Tyler: So Dr. Alan Green, it was so interesting when he shared this information with me. He said that children, if they haven’t been exposed to a food by the time they are 3 years of age, they are literally afraid of it as if it will hurt them …

Lindsay: Wow.

Tyler: As if it will hurt them. So again, parents, when you're out there and you're having a very frustrating time with your children, it's not personal, right?

It's literally like, if you've got a 3 year old or a 4 year old or a 7 year old who's very very picky, and that's pretty much 100 percent of kids, to be really honest with you.

Lindsay: Absolutely.

Tyler: You have to stay with it, you have to stay at it, you have to know that you're doing the right thing. That you are providing fantastic flavors and nutrition for your children. And then sometimes you just gotta fight the fight.

Lindsay: And how many times, let's take brussels sprouts, how many times to you keep putting it in front of them? I mean, is it a couple times? You just keep going until you think it goes down? You try until they're 40?

Tyler: You do, you stay with it.

Lindsay: Yeah, keep going.

Tyler: You don't make it an issue where you've got to clean your plate or you can't get up from the table, because then they come to resent dinner.

But what you have to do is you have to, you have to encourage the seasonality, you have to encourage the natural flavors and the bounty of what comes out of the season every single year. You have to really celebrate those kind of things. Like if it's tomato season, make a big deal about it. If it's the fall and it's apple time, take your kids apple picking …

Lindsay: Absolutely.

Tyler: So they really know where these things come from and then it's not such a weird deal when all of a sudden they're looking at sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. Even like this big brussels sprouts tree, isn't that cool?

Lindsay: Yeah. I think …

Tyler: Isn't that wild?

Lindsay: And honestly I think if my kids saw that tree, they'd think it was amazing, but they see these little shriveled things from the, so it's way cool to see it like that.

Tyler: It's way cool to see it like that. And then I'll let you get your question, but one more thing. Even about brussels sprouts. So roasting's the way to go because it imparts a sugar, and makes it sweet and delicious and very palatable.

But a lot of parents, when they think about vegetables, their go-to is to take a pot of water and put it on the stove…

Lindsay: and boil it.

Tyler: and boil it. And that's the worst thing you can do for vegetables. It zaps all the nutrients, all the value, and it leaves it flavorless, completely flavorless. So roasting's the way to go. I mean you gotta try it.

Lindsay: And it's easy.

Tyler: Oh my God, so easy: So, consistent sizes, any vegetable will do, sheet pan, extra virgin olive oil, oven, and that's it.

And I'm telling you, it will change your life of how you cook for your children.

Lindsay: Roasting will change your life.

Tyler: Roasting will change your life.

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