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Category: Rejecting Food

Flavor Embrace

by bkhoury on October 04, 2012

One of my favorite things to do is see how my kids respond to new flavors. I’m not sure why I get such a kick out of it, but it delights me to no end when Will comes home from school raving about how much he loves salad (apparently they had salad for snack –yes I love his school!). Or when something initially seems slightly spicy and he nibbles a bite, takes a big gulp of milk, and then nibbles more, becoming use to the tanginess and craving more of it. Read More

Tips From Our Readers: How To Encourage Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

by bkhoury on June 28, 2012

We received so many wonderful suggestions to encourage your kids to eat vegetables that we had to share! We are so excited that all our subscribers are finding success with the veggies! Read More

Just Desserts

by bkhoury on May 17, 2012

Lately I have tried to limit the concept of dessert in our house. Not because I’m opposed to it in any way. It simply drives me crazy to have the entire meal focused on it. Will and Hunter increase their outrageous antics to reach that Holy Grail of dessert! Desserts in our house are pretty lame anyway, generally consisting of fresh fruit, yogurt or occasionally some ice cream. It doesn’t matter if I’m offering up a plain ol’ apple though, call it dessert and our entire meal is focused on the silly apple. So when I made the mistake of dangling the prospect of blueberry sherbet in front of the boys I had no idea Will would show his true colors. Read More

Tip #6: How to Get Your Kids to Eat Meat—Resort to Desperate Mind Games

by bkhoury on April 19, 2012

I served up this week’s delicious recipe of steak with sweet chili sauce. Two year old, Hunter took one look and threw his usual fit (see previous blog). I think he was milking it because daddy was home, but he really let loose this time. I’m sure the neighbors thought something sinister was going on with the screeches coming from our house. I stuck to my guns and did my usual “Hunter you don’t have to eat it.” I think at this point this routine is ticking him off because lately he’s been screaming even more when I say this. Read More

Five Tips to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Meat

by bkhoury on April 12, 2012

When talking to caregivers about their feeding concerns, one of the biggest problems I hear is, “My kids won’t eat meat”. If you decide to go veg this may not be a problem (but presents an entirely different test). For most parents though, getting high quality protein through meat is a challenge. Whether your child is 14 months or 14 years, I’ve outlined a few tips to help encourage your kids to gobble up protein! Read More

I LOVE Asparagus

by bkhoury on March 15, 2012

I haven’t purchased asparagus since the hazy days of summer. My kids loved it when I would throw the spears on the grill with some olive oil and sea salt. But the other day there was a small batch of fresh asparagus in the market. My spring fever is running hot. I snatched up a couple bunches and brought them home for asparagus soup and everything else I could put it in. Read More

Performance Art at the Table

by bkhoury on March 01, 2012

My two year old has a dinner table M.O. that is quickly becoming tiresome. When we come to the dinner table he promptly looks at whatever we may be having, and puts on a performance worthy of an Oscar. He puts his hands on his head and proclaims in his most dramatic voice, “NO, I don’t want that either!”

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The Great Negotiation

by bkhoury on December 01, 2011

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year it feels like the table wasn’t even cleared before the Christmas craziness kicked in. Will has finally reached the age where I can lord over him the fact that Santa doesn’t bring toys to naughty boys and he had better be good. I do admit I feel a tinge of guilt propagating this fantasy.

Despite my lectures about everything we have to be thankful about, the boys didn’t quite get Thanksgiving other than the fact that it was a party where there is “fire” on the table and they get to eat pie! Oh and did Will eat pie. He has also reached the age where dessert has taken on a new importance in his life. And as a mom, I have shamefully taken full advantage of this fact. Read More

Three things you learned in college to survive family meals (by Jennifer Davis)

by bkhoury on October 19, 2011

By now, we are all familiar with the statistics touting the benefits of the family meal. Studies show that families who make a habit of eating dinner together have kids who do better in school, have higher self esteem, stay away from drugs, make their beds without having to be asked and floss regularly. I exaggerate, but only a little --eating dinner together is important. Read More

Animal Instincts

by bkhoury on August 18, 2011

Earlier in the summer when we visited the Grandparents, we took our very spoiled “1st born” dog, Millie, along. She is such a princess puppy that she is even a picky eater. I have never had a dog be a picky eater and it drives me crazy. Especially because I know deep down that I created this prima donna by feeding her home-cooked, organic dog food the first few years of her life – until we had kids and then it was kibble du jour for poor Millie. My in-laws have two dogs that Millie must compete with for food, attention and doggie territory rights.

My point to all this doggie talk is when Millie had to compete for her food she was no longer a picky eater. She would devour every bite of that dog food and swipe the other dog’s dinner as well. I have NEVER seen this pup eat like that. The other morning I noticed the EXACT same phenomenon with the two boys!
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Pizza Pizza!

by bkhoury on June 09, 2011

As you can imagine, given my profession, my kids experience a wide variety of foods. They are after all my numero uno taste testers. If it doesn’t pass muster with them, it doesn’t get shared with you. So when we unwittingly fell into the “sameness” trap I was taken aback at the intensity of rebellion. Read More

Pasta Detox

by bkhoury on March 10, 2011

The past few weeks have been madness around here. And with that, I found myself leaning on pasta for lunches and dinners. We’ve had a babysitter transition and I started fixing a healthy pasta dish in the morning that she could easily feed the kids for lunch. (Until the sitter became accustomed to our schedules while juggling two boys) At least I knew the kids would have full tummies while they were getting comfortable with a new person in their lives. Read More

Don’t Rush Me Mommy

by bkhoury on February 17, 2011

My younger son Hunter has surprisingly large hands for a little man. I mean at 6 months he could palm a small ball! Even today when he holds my hand I feel like I’m holding my 3 year olds hand. Because of this, he had less fine motor skills as he began eating solid foods. He was also slower to eat solid foods than my first son. Read More

The Sleep Eat Connection

by bkhoury on January 28, 2011

As my kids moved from pureed food to solid food, it was really important to make sure their tummies were filled to the brim. This meant they would sleep through the night and oh how I value my sleep. With my 15 month old, I still make sure he has a full tummy at every meal because it means restful naps, which means happy Hunter after naps, which means happy mommy, which means happy dinner time and happy sleep time (until 7 on a good day)... And the circle continues. Read More

Rejecting Milk

by bkhoury on December 27, 2010

As babies turn into toddlers moving onto cow’s milk is a big eating mile stone for parents and their children. Unfortunately, I never hear from any of my mommy friends that their children LOVE milk the first time it is introduced. Most of my friend’s kids initially disliked it A LOT. First the poor little ones have to give up the comfort of the bottle or breast in exchange for the often unsatisfying sippy cup. Then they have this unfamiliar foreign liquid pushed at them. So what’s a parent to do? Read More

Taste Tests

by bkhoury on August 12, 2010

We are going through a naked faze in our family! (At least I hope it’s a faze!) Suddenly shirts, shoes, pants and diapers have all become unnecessary requirements to get through the day. I put in the effort to dress Will but then as he starts his day the clothes come off faster than a blink of an eye. I think this is called practicing a new found skill... and he’s getting really good at it! Read More

Snack Creep and Honoring Kids Hunger

by bkhoury on May 22, 2010

William has officially entered the stage where persnicketiness reigns when it comes to meal times. If the food is chopped up to his displeasure or isn’t sitting on the plate just right, then up comes the hand in dismay. He only threw his meal on the floor once and soon found out that was a mistake resulting in a long time-out. But the use of the word NO is still used extensively. I know, it is good that he is expressing himself! Read More

Feeding the Strong Willed Child

by bkhoury on March 21, 2010

Our son, although brilliant (or course), is not the most articulate child for his age. So we had him evaluated to make sure that nothing was developmentally wrong. He is ok, but the speech therapist determined that “I think he is extremely strong-willed.” So basically, the bigger deal we make out of him not talking, the more he digs in his heals. It started me thinking how this can affect many behaviors including eating.
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The Magic Fork

by bkhoury on September 17, 2009

This week we discovered what has become known as the magic fork in our house. Aaaahhh (Harp music)! We graduated Will to a big boy stainless fork.

He will eat virtually anything we place in front of him as long as he can poke it with his fork! Put a piece of potato in front of the boy and he turns up his nose. Place it on his fork and he gobbles it down.
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Rejecting Vegetables

by bkhoury on July 31, 2009

I was thinking back to when William ate only baby food and how pureed carrots were as sweet as candy for him. I'm hesitant to mention this, but I'm very lucky in that he absolutely still loves almost all vegetables. If I give him a cheese and spinach pizza, he will pick off the spinach first. Is my child just weird? Read More

Trying New Foods

by bkhoury on July 16, 2009

Getting your child to try all these new tastes and textures can be challenging at times. I swear sometimes William literally looks at me like I am nuts for serving him something. The other day I made some brownies and offered him a little bite. He must have thought I was trying to serve him dirt! So here are a couple strategies I use.
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Encouraging Your Child to Eat Meat

by bkhoury on June 02, 2009

After struggling all this time, I finally had a break through with William these past few weeks. He started gobbling up meat! Ok, so I “doctored” it up a little bit, but we’ve come a long way from the immediate throwing it on the floor rejection scenario. At his 12 month well visit he was border line anemic, so getting enough iron in him through meat has been in the back of my mind a lot. Read More

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