Using nano amounts of spinach on familiar foods can be a way to take a step forwards.
A few things can help:
1. The smaller the better. In fact, these are too large and too many for where I would start if introducing to an extremely picky eater.
2. Give our child some agency. I would not dump the spinach on and serve. I would have them involved. Maybe they can make the decision as to whether to have triangles or circles or squares (or the letter of their name). If they are older perhaps they can cut themselves.
3. Spinach has very little flavour and it’s good to explain that. Blindfolded we wouldn’t be able to tell when we were and were not eating a piece.
4. Perhaps the spinach goes on the far side of a food so the rest seems ‘safe’. Even if the piece with the spinach is not eaten, having the spinach stay there is still aclimatising!
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
Judith is also mum to two boys and is the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/