Why Playing with Food (Sensory Play) is Essential for Taste Development

Overview   “Don’t play with your food” ranks high on the list of outdated rules that refuse to die. And I’m not quite sure what the reason is. Often, the explanation is that playing with food is “wasteful” and messy.


A Tale of Two Tunas – Spicy (or Not So Spicy) Tuna Salad

I’m not sure when it first occurred to me that tuna can be eaten with a heck of a lot more than just mayonnaise. I imagine this bore mainly out of a need to clean out my fridge while being



Make Dinner Not War

Hi! I’m Katie – a Registered Dietitian who believes that parenting comes with enough struggles without adding mealtime to the list. I’m also the mother of one spunky little girl who loves wearing her food almost as much as she loves eating it.

Since becoming a practicing dietitian in 2017, I have been asked by many frustrated parents, “How can I get my child to eat healthy foods?“‘ It wasn’t until I began to feed my own child that I truly began to discover the answer – you don’t! Feeding is about far more than getting food into a growing body – it’s about creating an environment where a lifelong relationship with food can flourish.

Navigating this task isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s a challenge often complicated by erroneous advice and seemingly contradictory information. Even worse, credible guidance can be fragmented and difficult to find. That’s why I created this site – as a resource for parents looking to bring peace back to the table, to make dinner instead of war.

So, if you’re looking for advice on ways to sneak more vegetables into your meals without your own clever little human catching you, you won’t find it here. But if you’re wondering how to foster a lasting love of wholesome foods and enjoy more meals together, welcome!






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