Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Give Peas a Chance

So you realize your little one is not eating as well as you would like. Do you:

  1. Have a long talk with him about nutrition, disease, and long-term health including a discussion about macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients and the role they play in nutrition?
  2. Insist he do it your way or the highway?
  3. Give him options and help him make good eating choices?
The last option is the focus of Give Peas a Chance by Kate Samela. She is a registered dietitian with years of experience helping families. The book is full of stories of real-life families with picky eaters. Samela explains the basics of nutrition and talks about the needs of young children. She helps families understand what a typical meal for a young child should look like. She also coaches about how to help the child make the healthy choice and not to make meals a battle. 

Reading this book set me at ease about the frustrations I have had with feeding my girls. We have cooked together since they were both young and they can still be picky eaters. And now with our move toward a more plant-based diet I can use all the help I can get. 

Samela even gives examples of what a typical serving could be so those of us with bird-like eaters will not be upset at the small food consumption. Before you have another battle about food or experience another melt-down at dinner, get this book. 

One lucky reader will win a copy of this book. Simply leave a comment telling me about your picky eater. 

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  1. I love the title of this book! I don't know any parent who doesn't struggle with a picky eater now and then. Their food preferences seem to change as quickly as their shoe sizes! In regards to peas, specifically, mine have always preferred them frozen. Yep, straight from the freezer to plate. ;)

  2. I have a picky eater that drives me insane. We've just put a list on the wall of all the foods he will eat and a list of new foods he tries. I hope it helps. Sometimes I think he's getting better, then sometimes he digresses back to oatmeal and hotdogs. He just added yellow/orange cheese. He still won't try a quesadilla though. He'll soon be eating me out of house and home right? :-) I keep trying to tell myself that!


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