23 – Picky Eating with Katie Kimble
ADHD Thrive Institute
ADHD Thrive Institute
23 - Picky Eating with Katie Kimble
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On this week’s episode of Soaring Child, we take a look at the challenges parents face when it comes to getting their kids to eat right. How do you make nutritious foods appealing to those picky eaters? Katie Kimble is a picky-eating expert and the national voice of Healthy Kids Cooking. She is also a blogger, former teacher, and mother of four kids.

Katie points out that the biggest obstacle is that parents are not teaching kids to cook. It’s important to spend time in the kitchen with your kids and even take them to the farmer’s market to show them the variety of foods out there.

One of the first steps is to wean them away from traditionally favorite foods, like macaroni and cheese, pizza, and pancakes. Put a wide variety of foods on the table, especially those that are low in gluten, dairy, and sugar. Don’t provide snacks too close to dinner time, which will lower your kid’s willingness to try new things.

Put out a vegetable tray when kids get home from school and are hungry, or start dinners with a healthy, veggie-filled soup first.

Some children may have never learned how to chew meat properly or eat crunchy vegetables, and there could be issues going on with their gut health. An occupational therapy evaluation might be helpful.

And remember, sometimes it’s not about the food but rather the relationship to the parent and their reactions. Parents should keep a “poker face” when serving healthy foods to their picky eaters and not engage in a power struggle to eat. Using positive language is also important when exposing your child to new foods, while putting lots of healthy options on the table.

 Show Notes

Key Takeaways:

[7:13] Common complaints from parents with picky eaters

[7:54] Getting away from too much gluten and dairy

[10:23] How to serve healthy snacks

[12:09] Incorporating vegetables into your kid’s diet

[12:57] The dangers of pre-chewed food and difficulty to chew meat and crunchy vegetables

[16:38] How to avoid power struggles at the dinner table

[18:45] How to keep a poker face when introducing healthy foods

[23:25] Getting kids in the kitchen to prepare foods

[26:05] Why it’s important not to hide the vegetables

[28:46] Keeping your child sitting at the table


Memorable Quotes:

“Our generation is generally uncomfortable in the kitchen. No one is teaching their kids to cook.” 

“If kids have not had a lot of experience and practice chewing crunchy things and real meat, they literally might not know how to chew and swallow correctly, which is mind-blowing.” 

“We’ve got to make sure we’re not entering into those power struggles because when we dig in our heels, they do the same thing.”

“One of the most powerful ways to help kids build the relationship with food is to completely take away any expectation to eat.”

“We’ve got to get them involved in the kitchen, at the farmer’s market, choosing those foods, washing the vegetables, learning how to tear lettuce. All of those exposure points are getting them closer to potentially interacting with the food in their mouth.”


How to connect with Katie: 

Website: https://kidscookrealfood.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidscookrealfood
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kidscookrealfood/
Youtube: https://youtube.com/kitchenstew

Guest Resources:

Katie Kimball, the national voice of healthy kids cooking, is a blogger, former teacher, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, recommended by The Wall Street Journal as the best online cooking class for kids in 2020. Her blog, Kitchen Stewardship, helps families stay healthy without going crazy, and she’s on a mission to connect families around healthy food and teach every child in America to cook. Her latest adventure is a series of talks: a pandemic-cancelled TEDx Talk turned DIY – redefining the kids’ meal and starting a #KidsMealRevolution, followed up by a TEDx talk in Bismarck, 2021, about kids, critical thinking, and the kitchen, and another at TEDxHartford on picky eating.


Dana Kay Resources: 

Website – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/adhdthriveinstitute

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/74302454/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/adhdthriveinstitute/

Tiktok – https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute

International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/

Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass – https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl

ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd

ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/



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