picky eater

Gourmet Is a Good Thing

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, childhood obesity, children, clean your plate, diet, dinner, environmental, food, force-feeding, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, fun, gourmet, health, healthy-eating, hunger, hungry, in-season, ingredients, junk food, kids, local farms, lunch, meals, mother, organic, parenting, picky eater, processed, recipes, soup, sugar, sustainable, weight, whole grain

Boy eating dinner at a restaurantI know it might sound obnoxious at first and that I sound a little like Martha Stewart with that headline, but I like the idea of raising gourmet kids. By “gourmet,” I don’t mean kids who demand white tablecloths and truffle oil. What I mean is simply someone with an appreciation of good food. Here’s how Webster’s defines it:

Should Your Pet Go Grain-Free?

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | November 3rd, 2010 | 10 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: budget, cat, companion animal, diet, dog, fiber, food allergies, gluten-free, grain-free, kibble, natural pet food, organic, pets, picky eater, Valerie Gleaton, veterinarian, weight gain

Dog with his food bowlI have a confession to make: For years now I’ve treated myself to wholesome, organic foods while buying my pets conventional pet food. Not off-brand mystery kibble or cat chow, mind you, but still. I blamed the cat; he’s a notoriously picky eater, and the one time I offered him a sample of “the good stuff” he turned his nose up at it and staged a hunger strike until I switched back to his standard 50-cents-a-can fare. I admit, I was secretly happy that he seemed to prefer the cheap stuff.

How to Raise an Un-Picky Eater

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | October 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: diet, healthy-eating, kids, parenting, picky eater

Many of my friends, knowing I’m a food professional, think that I must hold the secret to raising a “good eater,” as kids who aren’t picky eaters are called. They’re constantly asking me how to sneak more vegetables into their kid’s diet, how to convince their kids to sit at the table for longer than five minutes, or what to give them as snacks that won’t rot their teeth.