Ellyn Satter

Your Toughest “Picky Eating” Questions Answered! (Part Two)

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 5, 2014

Earlier this week I posted part one of our reader Q&A with registered dietitian Maryanne Jacobsen (Raise Healthy Eaters) and today she answers more of your questions about “picky eating.” Q:  How far do you push to get your kids to eat? My son is very skinny and though we have almost no junk food, he often refuses […]


Book Review and Giveaway: The 52 New Foods Challenge

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 17, 2014

If we could somehow channel all of the collective thought, time and energy parents devote to getting kids to try new fruits and vegetables, I think we could solve most of the world’s problems in short order.  Few feeding issues cause as much angst, and the advice we receive from the experts couldn’t be more contradictory. […]


Some Dark Musings on the “Food Pouch”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 21, 2012

Many of you read an article in today’s New York Times on the growing ubiquity of “food pouches,” i.e., fruit, vegetable and grain purees for young children, packaged like this: I’d certainly noticed the recent proliferation of these squeezable foods in my own market, but with a 10- and 12- year-old at home, they didn’t make much of an […]


So, for any TLT newcomers out there who haven’t read about my struggles, I have one child, now nine, who has continually astonished me since age two with his stubborn stance against vegetables.  While there have been little pockets of success over the years (remember the spinach malfatti and the “Miracle Mu Shu Vegetables“?), it’s […]


The Halloween Candy Post, 2011 Edition

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 26, 2011

You can’t blog about kids and food and not address the looming question that comes around every year at this time:  what to do about all that candy? Last year was my first Halloween blogging here on The Lunch Tray and I tackled that knotty question in two parts. First, I justified (shakily) my own […]


One thing that’s surprised me about blogging is how quickly you get on the radar screen of PR people.  Not long after I launched TLT, my inbox started clogging up daily with sales pitches for anything and everything food related.  (And some of these pitches are so off the mark, it’s hilarious.  Remember this one?) […]


“Picky” Eaters: Cutting Yourself Some Slack

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 5, 2011

Regular TLT readers know about my one child who has been a veggie-phobe since age two, continually astounding me with his refusal to eat vegetables, no matter how deliciously prepared or how much the rest of the family is enjoying them. There have been glimmers of hope, and I’ve shared those here.  There was that […]


Is Your Child Allowed to Use Allowance to Buy Junk Food?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 14, 2011

It seems like most families have some sort of rule about the consumption of candy, such as allowing the eating of sweets only once a week, or no more than a certain amount per day, or maybe taking an Ellyn Satter approach and giving kids free reign so long as candy-eating doesn’t interfere with meals. […]


Not long after I started The Lunch Tray I told you about Dina Rose, the blogger behind It’s Not About Nutrition.  Dina’s a mom with a PhD in sociology from Duke University who teaches workshops and provides private counseling on kid and food issues, especially picky eating. Dina’s latest post may raise some eyebrows.  In it, she […]


NPR Story On Picky Eaters (Ellyn Satter Haters Beware)

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 15, 2011

There was an amusing story on NPR’s Morning Edition yesterday about the reporter’s battles to get her three-year-old son to eat vegetables.  An excerpt: “I only want mac and cheese! Not peas!” he said to me recently when I tried to tempt him with something green. I replied, “Do you want to grow up to be […]