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June 22, 2021 42 min
Encouraging your kids to eat their vegetables and try new foods is no easy feat. Perhaps you’ve tried bribing them with dessert, cajoling them with statements like “just take a bite, you might like it,” or tried sneaking vegetables into soups and smoothies, but nothing has worked and you’re ready to give up. In this episode, I’m talking with Jenny Friedman, M.S. a registered dietitian who works with extremely picky eaters and children with severe food aversions, and author of “Stories of Extreme Picky Eating.” Jenny and I talk about the surprising reasons kids won’t eat, sensory issues that can lead to picky eating, and what parents often say that can make picky eating worse. We also talk about what the research shows about getting kids to eat their vegetables and try new foods, and what you can do if you’re really concerned about your picky eater. Be sure to sign up for the free video course, Turn Your Picky Eaters Into Little Foodies: Welcome  7:45 What are the most specific and common feeding challenges parents face? 9:57 What are sensory food aversions?11:12 What do you think about the ideas in “French Kids Eat Everything” and the differences between French vs. American food culture?14:03 What parents often say that are ineffective and could make picky eating worse. 16:11 Common reasons kids won’t eat at meals.19:19 Can eating too many highly-palatable foods alter kids’ taste preferences and make it harder for them to be open to eating real, whole foods?21:55 When kids say they don’t like something, or flat out refuse to eat it, what feelings does that stir up in a parent? 26:09 What research tells us about how to get kids to be healthy eaters.29:54 Why do kids really need to eat their vegetables? 31:28 The common mistakes parents make when offering vegetables and new foods.32:46  The best ways to get kids to eat their vegetables and try new foods.37:00 When parents are really at their wit’s end or concerned about their child’s diet, eating habits and/or growth, what should they do?39:18 What is the SOS Approach to Feeding?  LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW Jenny mentioned her blog post, What to Do When a Child Refuses to Eat – 8 Simple SolutionsFollow Jenny on Instagram @feedingpickyeatersLearn more about Jenny at JennyFriedmanNutrition.comBuy Jenny’s book, "Stories of Extreme Picky Eating"Julie mentioned this study about kids eating vegetables. Julie mentioned the book, “French Kids Eat Everything,” by Karen Le Billon.Julie mentioned the solid wood chopping bowl that encouraged her kids to eat salad.  ABOUT OUR PARTNERS Kids Cook Real Food ecourse, created by a mom of 4 and a former elementary school teacher, is designed to build connection, confidence, and creativity in the kitchen. The course includes 30 basic cooking skills, 45 videos including several bonuses, printable supply and grocery shopping lists, and kid-friendly recipes. The course is designed for all kids ages 2 to teen and has three different skill levels. More than 18,000 families have taken the course and The Wall Street Journal named it the #1 cooking class for kids. Sign up now for the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse and get a free lesson for being a “Food Issues” listener.  Thrive Market is an online membership-based market that has the highest quality, organic, non-GMO, healthy, and sustainable products. From groceries, clean beauty, safe supplements, and non-toxic home products to ethical meat, sustainable seafood, clean wine, and more, Thrive Market is where members save an average of $32 on every order! Through Thrive Gives, every paid membership sponsors a free one for a low-income family. Join Thrive Market today and get 25% off your first order and a free gift.  Unlike other blenders, the Vitamix blends everything up into a super-smooth consistency, much like a juicer would,
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