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Healthy Recipes for Picky Eaters: Create Tasty Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat

Healthy Recipes for Picky Eaters: Create Tasty Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat

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Healthy Recipes for Picky Eaters: Create Tasty Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat

71 pages
22 minutes
Sep 23, 2020


Feeding your child wholesome and nutritious meals can be a parent's greatest challenge if you happen to have a picky eater. You may find it easier to let them devour that hot dog for breakfast just so you can tell yourself, "at least they ate!". Sometimes the food looks too healthy for your child, or the colors and textures turn them off. There is a solution to making your kid feel like they are eating the unhealthy food they love while still getting proper nutrition into their stomachs.

One of the reasons some kids won't eat is because they are not part of the cooking process, so there isn't a connection with the meal in front of them. Even though cooking with your child can be time-consuming and very messy, it will teach them a valuable skill, and they are more likely to eat what they have cooked. If you allow them to make the decisions of what ingredients to put in the food, that is even better. You will find that your child will want to take part in more meals if they are one of the ‘chefs.'

Each of the recipes found in this book has activities that your child can do on their own to help out with the preparation. The rule of thumb with each one is "the messier, the better." Cooking is a creative outlet and doesn't follow a neat and clean path, so getting cheese on your face or flour on your clothes is all part of the process. You may want to invest in a special apron and chef's hat for your child to make the experience even more fun.

Sep 23, 2020

About the author

Martha is a chef and a cookbook author. She has had a love of all things culinary since she was old enough to help in the kitchen, and hasn’t wanted to leave the kitchen since. She was born and raised in Illinois, and grew up on a farm, where she acquired her love for fresh, delicious foods. She learned many of her culinary abilities from her mother; most importantly, the need to cook with fresh, homegrown ingredients if at all possible, and how to create an amazing recipe that everyone wants. This gave her the perfect way to share her skill with the world; writing cookbooks to spread the message that fresh, healthy food really can, and does, taste delicious. Now that she is a mother, it is more important than ever to make sure that healthy food is available to the next generation. She hopes to become a household name in cookbooks for her delicious recipes, and healthy outlook.Martha is now living in California with her high school sweetheart, and now husband, John, as well as their infant daughter Isabel, and two dogs; Daisy and Sandy. She is a stay at home mom, who is very much looking forward to expanding their family in the next few years to give their daughter some siblings. She enjoys cooking with, and for, her family and friends, and is waiting impatiently for the day she can start cooking with her daughter.

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Healthy Recipes for Picky Eaters - Martha Stephenson



I made the mistake of letting my daughter pick her meals from a very early age. This misstep caused me to prepare two or even three different meals to satisfy the picky eater in front of me. Sometimes it would be I don't want nuffing! emphatically and then the pitter patter of little feet walking away from me. Sometimes she would eat a small bite of food, make a face, and then request cookies. My child is still a picky eater, but I have found that if I make food that looks fun but is very simple visually (no bits in it), she will eat more. I also cook with her, because that sense of ownership encourages more than a few bites.

Breakfast Recipes

Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancakes are one food that kids have a lot of fun making, especially when they get messy. The batter pours on thick and gooey, and your child can add any ingredients they want. This recipe uses dark chocolate chips to give the pancakes a sweeter taste, but you can add fruit as well. You and your kids can even use the syrup or chocolate chips to make happy faces on the cakes. 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 8


2 cups white whole wheat flour

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups almond Milk

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Unsweetened dark chocolate chips


Mix flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl until it is well blended.

Mix in eggs, milk, and extract with a large wooden spoon until the entire mixture is moist and there are no dry patches.

I prefer to use cooking spray rather than oil, but you can use oil in a non-stick pan as well. Use a metal mold in the shape of a favorite cartoon

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