- 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?
- Insist he do it your way or the highway?
- 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.