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If you have picky eaters, you’ve probably tried everything to get them to eat their veggies: new recipes, sneaking vegetables into meals, and making their meals into food art. It can be really frustrating, but no matter how picky your kids are, there are ways to encourage them to eat their vegetables without a ton of work and stress. 

In this episode, I sat down with Nikki Dinki, foodie, chef, TV host, comedy writer, and author of More Veggies Please!: Easy Kid-Approved Meals and Family-Friendly Comfort Foods with Surprising Veggie Twists.” As a kid, Nikki Dinki was called “picky Nikki” because she was the pickiest kid around, living off only bread and cheese, even into her young adult years. She found a way to turn it all around and today, she’s helping parents find creative ways to add more veggies into their kids’ meals. 

Nikki talks about her best tips to get kids to eat their veggies, her meat-on-the-side approach, and how she gets healthy meals on the table every night by using her freezer. 


1:52 Let’s talk about your story!

5:38 Do you think kids should be rewarded for eating their vegetables?

10:24 Why do you think it’s so hard for parents today to get their kids to eat healthy?

11:56 What should parents know that can re-assure them about feeding their kids?

16:37 You take a meat-on-the-side approach—explain!

20:43 What are your best tips for getting kids to eat their veggies?

23:21 We’re all so busy. What are your tips and tricks to get healthy meals on the table every day? 

26:25 What are your favorite recipes from your book?


Julie mentions this recent study that suggests rewarding kids for eating their vegetables is effective. 

Julie mentions Dr. Mark Hyman and his “condi-meat” approach.

Nikki mentions the book, “Modern Freezer Meals,” by Ali Rosen.

Purchase Nikki Dinki’s book, “More Veggies Please!

Learn more about Nikki on her website NikkiDinkiCooking.com

Follow Nikki on Instagram.


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Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.