Mommy Monday: Picky Eaters

Reporter: Danner Evans l Videographer: Brian Whitesell

Lynchburg, VA - Meal time with 2 year old Violet Salvia is a struggle for her mom Kristen.

"As much as I wanted to be healthy with her but it wasn't happening," Salvia said.{} "So for a while we would try whatever we could."

The battle at meal time is frustrating for mom and daughter.

"It's hard when you know what the best thing is for them but they refuse to try," Salvia said.

If you have a Violet in your family (let's face it, a lot of us do) has a few suggestions to get your picky eater to try new food.

First, don't be a short-order cook.{} What you serve is what is for dinner, but make sure to offer at least one or two of their favorites.

Also, spice things up -- don't be afraid to use things like garlic with bland veggies.

You can also layer veggies in main dishes -- you may find success layering a meat with veggies and rice.

Also, if veggies are the side at mealtime, serve them first, when your kids are most hungry.

Finally, eat dinner together.{} says kids who eat dinner with their parents have healthier diets, better vocabularies and better grades!

Salvia has a little advice that's worked for her own family.

"We started trying those veggie pouches, the purees, and she likes them I think because they are colorful, bright and she can do it herself," Salvia said.

While meal time may be a battle, it's one this family is determined not to lose.

"We both consider ourselves healthy people.{} So watching her eat cereal and things that are bad for her is frustrating.{} We keep trying.{} That's the main thing."

To read more on dealing with a picky eater click here.