Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links which means I earn from qualifying purchases. I recommend these products either because I use them or because companies that make them are trustworthy and useful.

Picky eating is a common challenge for parents in the U.S. In fact, according to a recent survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), 39% of parents say picky eating is an obstacle to get their kids to try new foods and increase the variety of foods and the amount of vegetables their kids consume. Although pediatricians and experts often tell parents picky eating is normal, there’s less attention paid to why kids are picky eaters in the first place. As a result, many parents come to accept picky eating or worse, blame themselves. 

In this episode, I’m talking with Marina Chaparro, a nationally recognized registered dietitian, kids nutritionist, and certified diabetes educator. Chaparro is the founder of Nutrichicos, a bilingual nutrition practice specializing in children and family nutrition based in Miami, FL. Chaparro is also the author of, Diabetes & Pregnancy: A Real Guide For Women with Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes. Chaparro and I talk about what “food neophobia” is and the science behind picky eating, how food preferences are formed, and if kids can grow out of picky eating. We also talk about how to know if your kid is a picky eater, the many ways picky eating can show up, and easy ways to get your kids to be healthy, adventurous little foodies. 

Be sure to sign up for the free video course, Turn Your Picky Eaters Into Little Foodies: https://www.julierevelant.com/free-video-email-course/.

5:48 When you see families in your practice, what are the most common challenges you see when it comes to feeding kids?
6:57 We hear a lot about “picky eating,” but what is it exactly?
8:33 You’ve said that picky eating is normal developmental behavior so should we expect it? 
12:57 What is “food neophobia” and what makes it different than picky eating? 
15:00 There’s research that shows picky eating can be evolutionary—is that true?
16:38 You’re a mom too, but are your kids picky eaters?! 
24:50 How are our food preferences formed? 
31:53 Are babies born to accept all foods? 
29:04 How do you know you have a picky eating kid?
38:00 What are the different ways picky eating can manifest itself?
40:27 Will kids eventually grow out of picky eating?
42:00 What are your best tips for coping with picky eating and get kids to be healthy, adventurous eaters? 



Kids Cook Real Food eCourse review

Kids Cook Real Food ecourse, created by a mom of 4 and a former elementary school teacher, is designed to build connection, confidence, and creativity in the kitchen. The course includes 30 basic cooking skills, 45 videos including several bonuses, printable supply and grocery shopping lists, and kid-friendly recipes. The course is designed for all kids ages 2 to teen and has three different skill levels. More than 18,000 families have taken the course and The Wall Street Journal named it the #1 cooking class for kids. Sign up now for the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse and get a free lesson for being a “Food Issues” listener. 

Thrive Market

Thrive Market is an online membership-based market that has the highest quality, organic, non-GMO, healthy, and sustainable products. From groceries, clean beauty, safe supplements, and non-toxic home products to ethical meat, sustainable seafood, clean wine, and more, Thrive Market is where members save an average of $32 on every order! Through Thrive Gives, every paid membership sponsors a free one for a low-income family. Join Thrive Market today and get 25% off your first order and a free gift. 

Unlike other blenders, the Vitamix blends everything up into a super-smooth consistency, much like a juicer would, except you get all the nutritious fiber that regular juicers leave behind. Yet Vitamix is for so much more than smoothies.  Every Vitamix has an entire range of textures to choose from so you can use it to make dips and spreads, nut and seed butters, hummus and guacamole, muffins, pizza dough, plant-based milk, and frozen treats. Vitamix has been around for 70 years and all of their blenders are powerful, durable, and built to last, and come with a full warranty. Get free shipping off any Vitamix purchase over $50.

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.