Is your kid a picky eater? Boost her appetite with these 10 foods!

Is your kid a picky eater? Boost her appetite with these 10 foods!

Turn your picky eater into a healthy food lover by sneaking these into your daily menu!

As a parent of a picky eater, you often try new ways to encourage your kid to eat more types of food.

You probably feel like you’ve tried all the tricks, recipes and you most likely have tried to prove a recent study’s claims that colorful plates will boost a kid’s appetite, but nothing seems to be working.

Kids with picky appetites play favorites. describes them as kids who often consume less than 10 types of food each year.

Poor appetite can be caused by illness, but it can also be associated with low levels of zinc, inadequate gaps between meals (the recommended is 3-4 hours), or too much whole grain or milk, which leaves your kid feeling full.

Let’s take a closer look at 11 foods that will boost your picky kid’s appetite.


By adding cinnamon to porridge or mashed foods when your baby is 7 months and above, you’ll boost her appetite, thanks to the hydroxychalcone found in cinnamon.

For older kids, you can sprinkle cinammon on toast, pastries, or hot chocolate


As we said, a low level of zinc can cause low appetite. Since peanuts are packed with this mineral, it’s definitely one food that’ll get your child to ask for more. It also aids digestion.

It’s important to remember not to give peanuts to babies under 1 year old and to follow the 4-day wait rule, to make sure your kid isn’t allergic.

Pumpkin seeds

Another food that’s rich in zinc are pumpkin seeds. Just make sure not to let your child eat too much, as this might have an adverse effect.

Is your kid a picky eater? Boost her appetite with these 10 foods!

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In babies above the age of 8 months, basil has been known to increase appetite and improve digestion.


By crushing ginger and adding it to soup, you can improve your baby’s appetite.


Spice up pizzas, bread, and pasta with oregano to see an increased appetite in your picky eater.

Carrot juice

Carrots don’t just promise a healthy dose of vitamin A, it can also increase hunger. Just let your child drink a small glass before meals, to prepare their appetite.


Peaches will be fairly easy to include in meals because most kids already find them delicious! Other tangy fruits that improve poor appetite are apricots, apples, and grapes.


Another delicious, appetite-boosting food kids need more of!

Lemon juice

Switch your super sweet OJ for a healthy glass of lemon juice daily to see a great improvement in your picky kid’s eating habits!

What food worked to boost the appetite of your picky eater? Let us know in the comments below!

READ: How to stop a picky eater from saying no to the food you’re serving

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