Getting to YUM: The 7 Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters

Getting to YUM: The 7 Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters

by Karen Le Billon


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From the author of the popular French Kids Eat Everything, a simple, easy and surprisingly fun way to change dinnertime reactions from YUCK to YUM.

Are mealtimes with your kids a source of frustration? Ever wonder how on earth to get them to eat the recommended 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day (or even per week)?

Getting to YUM is a practical and engaging guide for parents eager to get past their children's food resistance—or avoid it altogether. It introduces 7 Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters (Secret 1: Teach your child to eat, just like you teach them to read! or Secret 6: Teach me to do it myself: kid participation is every parent's secret weapon).

Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything, coaches readers through the process of taste training, including strategies, games and experiments that will encourage even reluctant eaters to branch out. Over 100 delicious, kid-tested, age-appropriate recipes lead families step-by-step through the process of "learning to love new foods," enabling kids to really enjoy the foods we know they should be eating.

Wise and compelling, Getting to YUM is grounded in revolutionary new research on the science of taste. Packed full of observations from real-life families, it provides everything parents need to transform their children—from babies to toddlers to teens—into good eaters for life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062248701
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,097,888
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen Bakker Le Billon is a professor at the University of British Columbia, and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. A Rhodes Scholar with a Ph.D. from Oxford, she has published five academic books and Getting To Yum, a guide and cookbook on taste training for kids. She and her family divide their time between Canada and France. Her website was named a Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Blog of the Month.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Jennifer Cheng 1

Introduction 3

The Seven Secrets for Raising Eager Eaters

Secret 1 Kids Can Learn to Love Healthy Foods 17

Secret 2 Marketing Healthy Food to Your Kids Really Works 41

Secret 3 Schedule One Snack a Day 59

Secret 4 Routines and Rituals Make Healthy Eating Automatic (and Fun) 75

Secret 5 Kids Don't Need Kids' Food 89

Secret 6 Participation Works Better than Pressure 109

Secret 7 Mindful Eating Is Mealtime Magic 123

Step-by-Step Strategies for Kids of all Ages

Babies: Feeding Maximum Variety with Minimum Fuss 139

Toddlers: Preventing and Solving Common Eating Challenges 155

School-Age Children: Smart Strategies for Raising Food-Savvy Kids 164

Older Kids: Top Tips for Turning Picky Eaters into Easy Eaters 168

A Final Thought: Get Rid of Guilt 170

Getting to Yum Games 172

Recipes for Raising an Adventurous Eater

The Flavor-Ladder Approach 176

Top 10 Veggies 178

Fun with Flavors! Fruit Recipes 244

Spice Is Nice: Desserts 289

Friendly Flavors: Basic Recipes 301

Acknowledgments 305

Index 307

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