Getting Your Kids to Eat 52 New Foods

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“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour.” ~ William Cowper

Let’s take a look at a new book that offers a way to get your kids, and possibly your whole family, to try new kinds of foods. The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes by Jennifer Tyler Lee is a week-by-week guide that shows how to incorporate more vegetables (and one healthy fish) into meals one at a time.

How does it work? Lee has put together a list of 52 “new” foods to try, organized by season. She suggests picking one day of the week to be the “New Food Day.” The idea is to choose a novel food from the season you are in and prepare a special dish that features it. Lee has assembled a few recipes featuring each food, so it is easy to find something to try. Each week, try another new fruit or vegetable. She also offers tips to increase the chances your kids will stick with the challenge, such as letting them help choose the vegetables, growing some vegetables at home or in a community garden, visiting farmers’ markets, and allowing your children to help prepare the food.


 The 52 New Foods Challenge is fabulous, dynamic, and fun, but I have to admit I was tiny bit taken aback by some of the “new” foods on the list, such as peas, blueberries or apples. Do you really need to introduce your kids to apples? Perhaps it can be as simple as trying a new variety of apple, instead of always reaching for the perennial favorite.

Changing a behavior can be very difficult. Real changes are more likely to occur if they are taken in small steps and repeated over time. The beauty of this book is that it offers a solid framework to make real changes in the way your family eats.

Find out more at The 52 New Foods Challenge website.

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  1. Beth F says:

    Blueberries and apples? I find it hard to believe they’re new, but I suppose you could have a child who is really, really picky and you’d have to introduce those fruits to her diet. Still, sounds like could be useful.

    • admin says:

      Yes, there are probably children who won’t try even those. Or perhaps she put them in to allow for some easy success between weeks with more unusual foods? I think you could easily substitute your own choices into the framework she has created.

  2. Kay says:

    I think this is a great idea. Especially if you have kids who are reluctant to try new things. I had a “picky” eater for a while. She would only eat canned green beans for vegetables. But, then she branched out to mushrooms. Yes, that was next. LOL

    • admin says:


      That sounds like an interesting pairing. I know for some children it is the texture that puts them off rather than the taste. Possibly canned green beans and cooked mushrooms might not be all that different in texture?

  3. Claudia says:

    I know there are kids with a very limited palate, due mostly to what they are served – i.e. fast foods, prepared foods, etc., with little or no vegetables or fruits. The apples and blueberries may indeed be new.

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