picky eaters

7 Nutrition Sacrifices I Make to Help Expand My Kids’ Palate

June 9, 2015
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Somewhere along the line I realized that always taking the nutritional high road wasn’t getting me anywhere with my kids. As a dietitian it can be tough to break certain nutrition rules, but I have found that doing so is often exactly what’s needed to expand my kids’ food preferences. Don’t get me wrong, I […]

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Feel Guilty About Your Kid’s Eating? Join the Club

September 9, 2014
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I recently talked to a mom who has struggled with her son who eats few fruits and vegetables.  I could see the guilt written on her face.  She a good cook and a healthy eater.  Her other child eats more of a variety.  And even though her son is gradually expanding his food base, it […]




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5 Reasons Your Child Eats Differently Than You

May 30, 2014
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Kids are learning about food in the same way that they learn to read and write.  But as a society, we don’t always look at kids eating this way.  And as parents, we often forget that kids are not little adults when it comes to food. In fact, there are distinct ways kids’ eating is […]




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The Moment Every Parent of a Picky Eater Dreams About

February 19, 2014
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series about the feeding escapades in my house. It was snack time and I put out some celery with peanut butter, something Big A hasn’t eaten in I don’t know how long.  She looked at it and took a few bites. I made roasted veggies for dinner, something Big A […]




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The 10 Golden Rules for Exposing Kids to Food (Part 5)

November 22, 2013
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This is part 5 of the Series: What to Do When Picky Eating Doesn’t Get Better Series I am ending this series with what I believe is the most important thing parents can do to help expand a child’s food repertoire: expose, expose, expose. I always check in with exposure when it seems my kids are […]




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Picky Eating Not Getting Better? How to Tell if Pressure is the Culprit (Part 3)

September 12, 2013
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This is Part 3 of the Series: What to Do When Picky Eating Doesn’t Get Better Jane was worried about her 9 year old son’s picky eating along with his weight which was at the 10th percentile. “His age is what is concerning the most,” she says. “I have been concerned for years, and have always […]




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The Most Overlooked Reason Kids Stay Picky Eaters (Part 1)

July 25, 2013
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This is Part 1 of the Series: What to Do When Picky Eating Doesn’t Get Better We fed our baby a laundry list of foods so we would expose him to a wide variety of flavors at an early age — avocado, beets, lentils, barley, etc.  We made almost all of our baby food, starting with veggies and not the sweet […]




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Every Parent’s Worst Fear About Feeding Children (And How to Calm It)

November 9, 2012
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When children don’t eat the way we want them to, parents feel compelled to intervene. After all, it’s better to do something than nothing, right? But once we do interfere, it’s hard to stop. I call it the If I Don’t Syndrome. If I don’t keep Sally from eating cookies, she will eat the whole […]




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Vegetable Series (Part 3): How to Ensure Your Family Gets the Right Vegetable Variety

November 2, 2012
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Everyone knows that vegetables are good for them and their loved ones — but how exactly? Is it enough to shoot for a colorful plate or is there more that can be done? What nutrients are kids likely to fall short on when they go on veggie strikes? In this third post in our Veggie […]




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6 Simple Strategies for Pleasing the Whole Family at Dinnertime

June 14, 2012
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Out of all the complaints I’ve heard since starting this blog, trying to please different palates with one meal reigns at the top. This frustration is echoed by one reader: I love different foods than the rest of my family. For example, I love pasta, the rest of the family hates it. I love seafood, […]




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