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Pepper spiral! Easy, fun way to send veggies in lunches.

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

I think the picture says it all… M says she always gets comments when she grabs the end of the pepper and pulls it out of the Tupperware in her lunch box. I cut out the stem, then pull out the seeds as best I can, use a good paring knife and see if I can cut the whole thing in one spiral. I then remove any left-over seeds and white parts. In general, I find that making your child’s food into art, to try to get your kid to eat it, means you may be working too hard, and it might not...

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eating away from home: a great place to try new foods, even for picky eaters

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

I was recently interviewed for a fun story on Today msnbc.com travel section about traveling with kids and trying new foods. I laughed when one story told of the sushi restaurant and the little conveyor belts. We went twice to one of these restaurants on a recent trip to Seattle, and all loved the little conveyors, and the colorful plates. M tried a few new things, some she liked, some she didn’t, but like with a salad bar or buffet, taking something new didn’t feel like a risky...

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fun with spices: reading, sensory…

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

One of the best money-saving tips I have found  is to buy herbs in bulk. A bottle of organic bay leaves costs pennies, versus $4-5 dollars from a bottle in the spice aisle. We have a mix of bottles, but had some without labels. I got my label maker out, and M had fun printing the names, and sticking the labels on. This is a great activity for early readers, and was fun and actually helped organize! this is a non-threatening way to work with food for children who are extremely picky or have...

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reader’s happy ending to sugary cereal quandry…

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Blog Posts | 7 comments

This was sent to me by a reader who followed my sugary cereal battles last year. I am happy to report, that the issue is also resolved in our home as well. I love getting these kinds of emails from parents who are able to stick it out and not pressure with eating. It is so, so hard sometimes! Parents, will you share your stories of patience paying off to inspire others? “A happy ending to my sugar cereal woes. . . Background: hubby eats sugar cereals for breakfast and buys them regularly...

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picky eater? Think of condiments as “training wheels”

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Blog Posts | 13 comments

I saw these recently while eating at an aquarium cafe, and it made me chuckle. Some days I think these would have been handy for our kitchen table. Parents often express fear of ketchup or dip. Primarily, I hear them say they are afraid their children will “get used” to ketchup with everything and won’t learn to eat foods plain. In my home, we allow free use of ketchup (and let me tell you that giant pump bottle would have been nice at times)¬† and often had Ranch, or...

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