The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes by Dr. Natalie Digate Muth and Sally Sampson is now available. Dr. Muth is a registered dietician nutritionist and a pediatrician with special certification in obesity and Ms. Sampson is the founder of the popular children’s cooking magazine, website, and book Chop Chop. I’ve loved Chop Chop for years now and love their way of introducing children to healthy foods through cooking as a family. The book outlines a 6 week plan to dealing with picky eating children and having more peaceful meals with the whole family enjoying healthy balanced food.
Here is a week by week outline of the project. Week 1 starts with assessing your views towards food and eating. It offers an approach to parenting for developing picky-free children. In this week a mission statement is created. Recipes are provided for this week as well as all the following weeks. Recipes are all healthy and easy to cook together as a family. Examples in week one are Cuban black bean soup and homemade chicken fingers. Week 2 introduces new flavors and works on inviting adventurous eating. Week 3 really involves the kids in meal prep and one recipe is for fun mix-and-match smoothies. Week 4 introduces healthy shopping as a family and involving the children in picking fruits and vegetables. This week also covers reading nutrition labels. Week 5 focuses on family meals that are harmonius and healthy. This week bridging is covered where parents can go from familiar accepted foods to new foods. For example: chicken nuggets -> fish nuggets -> breaded fish -> grilled fish. Week 6 solidifies the prior lessons and introduces healthy eating to other settings like school lunches and extended family’s houses.
All in all I think the book is a fun and comprehensive approach to broadening children’s acceptance of foods. Let me know you think ! I’d love to hear your families experience.