The six magic words to eliminate mealtime battles with your child

I get a lot of questions from parents about how to deal with their picky eating kids.  “Little Johnny won’t eat his veggies!”, they proclaim, “he’s so picky!”; or, “Little Sally doesn’t like ANYTHING!”.  On seeing their plate, the toddler cries “I don’t like it” or “don’t want it”, though they haven’t even eaten the food but simply the sight of it is offensive enough to deem it unacceptable.  And so begins the battle of wills between parents and child, and in the end, no one wins.

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Apple, Carrot and Coconut Muffins (aka Sunrise Muffins)

Muffins can be a great choice for part of your breakfast, lunchbox, or a snack, but the kind that you get at the grocery store or coffee shop are usually just “meh”.  They look way better than they taste, cost way more money than they’re worth, and usually don’t pack much in the nutrition department.  That’s why I love making my own! Continue reading “Apple, Carrot and Coconut Muffins (aka Sunrise Muffins)”

5 Reasons That Food Before One is NOT Just for Fun

Have you heard the phrase “Food before one is just for fun!”?  It’s a common idea that the food that you give to babies under 1 year old aren’t meant to meet their nutrition needs, since they’ll get all of that through breastmilk or formula.  Rather, the food that we give babies who are learning to eat solids while also being breast or formula fed is just for FUN!  Oh boy… Continue reading “5 Reasons That Food Before One is NOT Just for Fun”

How are you talking to your kids about food?

Parents have the best intentions to teach their kids how to be fully functioning human beings.  Sneeze into your sleeve, use the potty, eat healthy food, etc.  And with those best intentions, we encourage or discourage our kids to eat certain things that we feel are acceptable.  What often happens, however, is that our best intentions turn sour, potentially contributing to “picky eating” or sending unhealthy messages about food.  In this post, I review some of the most common strategies that parents use to cajole their kids into eating healthy food, and how these well-intentioned verbal cues may be inappropriately interpreted by your child.

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