Overcoming Picky Eating

Overcoming Picky Eating

Do you have a child who is a picky eater? Learn how to stop the battle at mealtimes.

If you are a parent of a finicky eater, you may dread coming to the dinner table. For many, a child's eating habits can cause a huge amount of stress at meal times; so much that it can get to the point where no one wants to eat together. If this sounds familiar, this post is for you. I'm talking about 'The Picky Eater'. 

Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

Author: Andrea Carpenter, RD

Recipe Type: Smoothies

Serving: 2


  • 1/2 cup coconut water

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut kefir

  • 1/2 cup pineapple

  • 1/2 cup mango

  • 1 TBSP green raisins

  • 2 TBSP hemp hearts

  • 2 cups baby spinach or kale


  1. Add all ingredients to the blender, in the order listed above.

  2. Start blender at low and gradually increase to maximum (or use a smoothie setting if you have it). Add additional water if too thick.

Baby Banana Pancakes

Getting eggs into an infant starting out on solids can be tricky. Something many parents struggle with, myself included. Once babies are established on solids, it’s important to introduce the top allergen foods, but sometimes that can prove to be a challenge in itself. Whole eggs, when cooked scrambled, fried, in an omelet, etc. can have a chewy texture that makes it challenging for a baby to eat without teeth.

Using eggs as an ingredient in foods offered to your child is a much easier way to ensure they actually eat the egg, and get the exposure to this allergen. French toast is one of my favourites to offer my son, which actually inspired me to create this recipe. My Baby Banana Pancakes uses iron-fortified infant cereal which surpasses the iron content of french toast, and its softer texture makes it ideal for those who are still gumming their meals.

Author: Andrea Carpenter, RD

Recipe Type: entree (first foods)

Serving: 12 pancakes


  • 1 ripe organic banana

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup iron-fortified infant cereal

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon

  • Organic coconut oil (for frying)


  1. In a bowl, mash the banana with a fork, add the eggs and combine.

  2. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.

  3. Gradually add in the iron-fortified infant cereal and mix until fully combined.

  4. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat and add a drizzle of coconut oil.

  5. Drop the batter into desired pancake sizes and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown.