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Good Eater Secrets 2: A Whole Family of Good Eaters!

Published September 13, 2011 8:24 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

This week I am highlighting the secrets of a family I know well:  My dear brother and sister-in-law and their two adorably delicious good eater children! If any of you had a chance to watch the Mangia Baby Video Series, then you had the opportunity to see my delightfully sweet niece and nephew in action. They are amazing eaters and always have been, so when working on projects like "Mangia Baby" and "Good Eater Secrets," their input is a must!

Please read below as my brother and sister-in-law share some excellent tips about how they have nurtured good eating habits in their little ones!

In your opinion, are your children good eaters?

Both of our children are extremely good eaters with a good variety of foods in their diets.

Have they always been good eaters? Even as babies?

Yes, both children have been fantastic eaters, even as infants.

Please list five of your children's favorite foods.

Bananas, yogurt, green beans, broccoli, and mac and cheese.

Please list five of your children's non-preferred foods.

Nothing (the only thing my nephew ever turned down was scallops!).

Do you cook/bake with your children? If so, how often?

1 to 5 times a week.

What type of meals/dishes do you make with them?

Anything that involves mixing ingredients.

Do your children like tasting new foods?

Yes, both are always eager to taste new and different foods.

If they refuse to taste/eat any food, what do you do?   

We encourage them to try and taste new foods. We really do not get too much resistance in trying new foods.

How do you encourage them to try new foods?

We feel that both of our children are extremely good eaters and both have a variety of foods in their diets. As soon as our children made the switch to solid foods, we placed them on our eating schedule. We always offered them vegetables first. I would steam the vegetables that I was serving for the meal and would puree it in the blender. 

We have always tried serving the same foods that we were eating for our meals to our children. Keeping them on a schedule and serving the same foods that we are eating has always worked for us. Showing them from a young age that there is not an alternative meal being offered has helped our efforts.

Our children are now 2 and 4, and both go for their vegetables first and continue to eat the same foods we eat on a daily basis. We also offer dessert for good behavior and most times "dessert" is a piece of fruit. Sitting down every night as a family has contributed to their good eating habits. Keeping the television off and focusing on the meal is very important. 

Their Favorite "Good Eater" Secret Recipe:

Mac and Cheese

  • 1 16oz package elbow noodles (I use wheat) cooked per directions on the box
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups of milk
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 ½ cups of your favorite shredded cheeses
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite chopped vegetables
  1. In large greased baking dish, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Cover with foil.
  3. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.


 If YOU have some "Good Eater Secrets" of your own and would like to participate in this blog series, please contact me at Please type "GOOD EATER SECRETS" as the subject!



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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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