What Type of Parent are You at the Dinner Table?

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One particular family was memorable because both parents were security guards and they seemed to bring an element of their jobs to the family dinner table. They contacted me because their 5-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, wasn’t gaining weight and was a “very picky eater.”
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Color Me Red

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Cranberries: Not only are they super for our urinary tract system, they may also help keep our digestive system protected from unhealthy bacteria and ulcers. Pour a glass of cranberry juice, add some canned cranberries into a smoothie or mix some dried cranberries into your kids’ trail mix.
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The Harmful Happy Plate

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Recently I received a text from a dear friend. She is raising her children to be intuitive eaters and modeling healthy ways of relating to food. With intention, this family neutrally represents food and teaches kids to eat when their tummies have the amount they need.
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Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals

We love these peanut butter-banana spirals as a mid morning or afternoon snack. It's the perfect recipe to get your little chefs involved in the kitchen!
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Eating New Foods

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I announced our family mission to eat more foods. “I am not talking about clean food or veggies. I am just talking about eating foods that are not your favorites, eating foods that you may not be in the mood for.”
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Help! My Child is a Picky Eater!

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Looking through the lens of applied behavior analysis, here are six strategies that have helped me tame the beast of picky eating in my own home. I hope they will help you, too!
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Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

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Serve these Pumpkin Applesauce muffins with a glass of milk or Greek yogurt, and banana or other fruit for a quick breakfast or snack! These are even better the next day, and they’re a super way to jazz up your kids’ palate when you mix-in some fruits and veggies.
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