Three Kitchens Podcast

Helping Parents Feed Picky Eaters with Guest, Jennifer House, Registered Dietician & Nutritionist

September 12, 2023 ThreeKitchensPodcast Season 4 Episode 1
Three Kitchens Podcast
Helping Parents Feed Picky Eaters with Guest, Jennifer House, Registered Dietician & Nutritionist
Show Notes

To kick off a brand new season of Three Kitchens Podcast, we're getting into an issue that can be a very real struggle for anyone cooking for kids: picky eaters!

Whether or not we parent them, we've all met kids who won't eat their veggies, or only want to snack, or are fearful of trying new foods. Our guest, Jennifer House, is a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist specializing in helping parents manage picky eaters. If you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or caregiver feeding kids, this one is for you!  

Jen takes us through some of the root causes of picky eating, such as physical or motor skill issues, health concerns like iron deficiency, or (most commonly) behavioural and sensory issues. Throughout our chat, and by answering listener questions, she offers tips and advice like: 

  • establish realistic roles, responsibilities and routines within the family when it comes to food (and yes, kids have responsibilities, too); 
  • while it's difficult, parents need to trust their kids to know their own appetite and make some of these decisions for themselves (it is a power struggle, after all);
  • don't make the dining experience all about the food - put it in front of them and talk about other things;
  • dinner doesn't need to be the most important meal, if kids can get nutrients throughout the day (also, a multivitamin can help give peace of mind);
  • and much more!

A big thank you to Jen for joining us and sharing her wisdom and compassion for parents struggling with this aspect of parenting. 

We know this can be a frustration for many parents, so don't be afraid to reach out if you need support. Jen can be found online and on Instagram with helpful webinars, online training, and other resources. All the links are below.

Episode Links
~ First Step Nutrition Website
~ @firststepnut Instagram
~ Ellyn Satter : The Division of Responsibility in Feeding

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