By, Justine Lorelle LoMonaco.
It’s not easy trying to feed your kids healthy, nutritious, organic food… only to have them spit it up, fuss over it, or flat out refuse to eat it. Thankfully, we’ve looked at enough research to know that picky eating is a learned behavior, which means there’s hope!
As a mom, here are my topic picks for meal time with what could become a picky eater.
Written by Pediatrician Nimali Fernando and feeding therapist Melanie Potock, Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater focuses on developmental milestones and potential roadblocks that can trip up tiny humans as they begin their journey into solid foods. The book features age-appropriate tips and real-life stories from around the world that help parents encourage a lifetime of adventurous eating in their children.
The French get their kids to eat smelly cheese and snails, so they must know a thing or two about conquering picky eaters, right? In American Karen Le Billon’s book, she investigate the secret strategies that les français parents incorporate into daily life to raise tiny humans who clean their plates without fuss. There are even a few recipes you can share with your own enfants.
From blog to book, Catherine McCord has been a resource for parents for years. In her cookbook, this Manhattan’s Institute of Culinary Education-trained chef sticks to her philosophy of “on family/one meal,” providing 140 recipes everyone in the family will chow down on. From purees to dinners to drinks, there’s something in here for everyone.
Parents who prefer to skip the purees and head straight to finger foods will love this cookbook, written by Gill Rapley, PhD, and Tracey Murkett. The book features advice on which foods to start with, healthy snack and meal options, and tips from parents who have found success with the method.
Yes, a meal without picky-eater tears is possible. Designed to help parents who already feel that their child’s choosiness has gotten out of control, author Elizabeth Pantley’s book is filled with tips and recipes to inspire your child’s love of healthy foods and make subtle swaps to reduce sugar and sub in more nutritious options without a battle.
The days of negotiating every bite of broccoli are over. Julie Schooler’s book provides simple solutions to get kids to eat greens (every day!) along with recipes that will help you bring the fun back to mealtime.
If feeding your child has left you feeling frustrated, this is the book for you. Not only does it provide nutritional guidance to help parents make educated choices, it also features tips for making more nutritious options more appealing to young children. The book also goes into the psychology of eating, explaining why your child might love green beans at one meal and throw them across the kitchen at the next—and why you shouldn’t freak out either way.
Many parents feel comfortable that they know the right food choices to serve their children—the trouble is actually getting those tiny humans to eat those options. In Dr. Dina Rose’s book, she shifts the focus from nutrition to the behaviors that teach children to make healthier choices. By identifying three habits (proportion, variety, and moderation), the provides tips to parents for teaching these food skills and encouraging a lifetime of healthy eating.