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The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat-and Eat Healthy [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Pantley
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Book Description

SAY GOOD-BYE TO the daily frustration of picky eating with these effective child-tested, parent-approved No-Cry solutions—including healthy, family-friendly recipes

"Without expecting parents to earn their registered dietitian degree by the end of the book, [Pantley] ably explains why a healthy diet is important and includes some kid-favorite recipes from best-selling cookbooks. Parents love the No-Cry series, and libraries would do well to add this to their collections."
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About the Book:

Are you convinced your child will eat only pasta and chicken nuggets for the rest of her life? Worried your son is not getting adequate nutrition? Tired of vegetables being cast as the villain during mealtime battles? Nearly all parents experience a finicky eater at their table, but finding solutions can be difficult. That’s why Elizabeth Pantley, author of the bestselling No-Cry series—the most trusted name in parenting guides—developed gentle, effective, and easy solutions for dealing with picky eaters.

Full of tips and tricks, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution helps you:

  • Get your child to eat—and enjoy!—vegetables, grains, and other healthy food
  • Reduce the sugar, fat, and junk food in your child’s meals without your child noticing the change
  • Make subtle, healthy improvements in favorite recipes to boost nutrition for the whole family
  • Relax and enjoy mealtime and snack time at your home
  • Instill good eating habits that your children can take into adulthood

To make your picky eater and the whole family happy, Elizabeth has tapped her culinary friends to share delicious recipes that are not just healthy but kid-friendly, too. Recipe contributions come from:

  • Missy Chase Lapine (The Sneaky Chef)
  • Jennifer Carden (Toddler Café)
  • Kim Lutz and Megan Hart (Welcoming Kitchen)
  • Lisa Barnes (The Petit Appetit)
  • Barbara Beery (Green Princess Cookbook)
  • Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers (So Easy Toddler Food)
  • Janice Bissex and Liz Weiss (No Whine with Dinner)

Armed with Elizabeth’s proven advice and these tasty recipes, you’ll be able to serve healthy meals and snacks, along with peace and happiness.

With a Foreword by Missy Chase Lapine

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About the Author

Elizabeth Pantley is the mother of four and the author of the now-classic baby sleep book The No-Cry Sleep Solution, as well as The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution, The No-Cry Potty Training Solution, The No-Cry Discipline Solution, and six other successful parenting books. Visit her at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2878 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (7 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OPO90I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. She is a regular radio show guest and frequently quoted as a parenting expert in newspapers and magazines world-wide and on hundreds of parent-directed Web sites. She publishes a newsletter which is distributed in schools, doctor's offices and parent programs everywhere.

Elizabeth is the author of several popular parenting books, including the best-selling No-Cry Solution series:
The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution
The No-Cry Discipline Solution
The No-Cry Sleep Solution
The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers
The No-Cry Potty Training Solution
The No-Cry Nap Solution
Perfect Parenting

Elizabeth and her husband, Robert are the parents of four children. For more information, excerpts, parenting articles, and contests visit the author's website at

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3.3 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 19 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Whilst I highly rate The No Cry Sleep Solution, I was sadly disappointed by this title.

The first part was excellent. Her descriptions of a picky eater resembled my child to a T and I was anxious to get on to the 'solution' part of the book as I felt after reading this part that she really understood picky eaters and would be able to help me.

Some of her suggestions are interesting and certainly worth a try but there was very little that I hadn't heard before. I was very disappointed to reach the end of that part without finding any ideas that I really felt we hadn't tried, or that would make a real difference.

I was mostly disappointed though by the recipes at the end. After showing she had a good understanding of how picky eaters work, I can't believe she suggests such recipes including things like casseroles, that I can't imagine any truly picky eater, certainly not my son, would ever entertain.

I realise every child is different and perhaps these ideas and recipes would work for some but I don't feel it has helped my situation at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Pantley book! 19 May 2012
I am a big Elizabeth Pantley fan. Like many I started out with the no cry sleep solution which in my opinion is a must for any parent suffering from sleep deprivation, and moved on to the potty training, discipline and separation anxiety books. Elizabeth actually sent me this book from the US as it wasn't yet available in the UK and I was desperate to try it (yes, she answers your emails if you contact her).
My little boy is three, and despite BLW and being very adventurous at first her has turned into a very picky eater. This book put me at ease as it helped me realise it wasn't anything I had done wrong... it's fairly normal.
Then I started to put some of her ideas into practice.... before I knew it he was eating raw vegetables with dips, fruit slices with dips, trying a forkful of this, a spoonful of that. Now don't get me wrong he is still picky but I feel that at last he is getting a balanced diet which was my wish. He is definitely still picky but he will try things now, about 50% of the time and making a few changes to the way we do things at meal times has made a great difference.
Thank you Elizabeth!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 April 2015
By Vic
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read the no cry sleep solution and no cry discipline solution and would highly rate both books, so I expected good advise from this one. Unfortunately some of the opening section is based on poor research. I was disappointed to see saturated fats banded together with trans fats as been unhealthy. Sure trans fats are unquestionably bad but not so for saturated fat which are essential for cell function and maintenance. Also to suggest that all children should have a high fibre diet with no warning that young children may not take in enough calories if their diet is too high in fibre and that young children do need a larger amount of fat in the diet than older children or adults is to me bad and dangerous advise. I'm also with the other reviewer that some of the recipes are not what a typical fussy eater would eat.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Frustrated Parents 13 Oct. 2011
By Rational Independent - Published on
Another wonderful resource for parents from Elizabeth Pantley. True to her style, she is encouraging and supporting of parents who are struggling, frustrated, and exhausted with the food battles of our little one.

The No Cry Picky Eater Solution covers two "major" areas - the first, how to ensure your child is getting the nutrition they need (with excellent charts on what this is for various age groups - realistic charts that can actually be implemented), the second area, how to increase your child's repertoire of foods they will actually eat.

For the first point, Eliabeth provides ways to increase the nutritional value in what your child will currently eat by hiding healthy items in currently "acceptable" foods, by slowly transitioning into healthier choices (adding 1/3 whole wheat pasta to the standard box of macaroni and cheese), as well as a whole section of recipes (supplied by various authors) on how to add more nutrition to what you are baking or cooking... including wonderful catchy names for these foods - Lord of the Apple Rings & Pink Potatoes.

To the second point... how to increase what your child will actually eat. Elizabeth provides very helpful information on how children develop their sense of taste, how this is developmental and not established at birth - this leads to a different way to conceptualize what the "battle" is actually about and how to approach it. This area was our biggest challenge in our home... we had done the "sneaky" approach of getting nutrition in our son (now 4) but wanted him to "want" the asparagus and other "healthy choices".

Over the last three weeks, we have implemented and used some of the techniques - in the very large section on Tips, Tricks, & Tactics (nearly 70 pages) and have honestly been surprised at the positive results - tasting foods of different texture, shape, colour as well as using this while on vacation which Elizabeth addresses how eating out with children is another separate challenge. An example she uses in the book is how the grilled cheese sandwich at home looks very different at a restuarant... armed with her suggestions, we tested this theory with our son, ordering the always rejected grilled cheese sandwich from the restuarant and used some of her suggestions and amazingly, he not only tried it, but "chose" that he liked it and ate it.

I highly recommend this book to parents who are exhausted, feel they have given up or are about to, and who just want mealtime to not be approached with anxiety, stress, and fights.

Thank you Elizabeth for another wonderful book that is already producing results in areas we had nearly given up on!!
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too preachy about nutrition while misusing statistics 10 Aug. 2012
By Tiger Samarinka - Published on
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This book has a bunch of practical advice that is worth trying out. However, it flaunts statistics and nutritional studies in a misleading way.

It keeps presenting snippets of studies under the heading "The Shocker!!!". *But* it does it in a misleading manner. It reports that "more than 40% of children do not always eat breakfast". First of all, you need to define "not always". Second, other studies have shown that the probability of skipping breakfast increases with age. This statistic probably over-represents teenagers, and is not relevant to the age group at hand.

The book also repeatedly implies causation when all that is shown is correlation. Teenagers who have family dinners have less sex. I highly doubt that family dinners are the primary cause. More likely there are other factors, e.g. socioeconomic status, family composition, cultural values etc.

Then, the book encourages parents to aspire to feed their children a diet that is not attainable by most adults. Low-fat cheese?! Give me a break. Just today the New York Times had an article on how difficult it is to produce good-tasting low-fat cheese. Also, the book is down on salt, but actually, the jury is still out on salt. A meta-study of many other studies showed that salt does not have much effect on health. So why make food less tasty for already picky eaters by pushing nutritional dogma that is slowly being debunked? Isn't it more important for children to learn to eat a variety of foods rather than stressing at this stage (when high-fat is OK for most healthy, growing kids) about eating out of the health-food section?

The book also seems down on eating out, but the unspoken assumption is that this means going to a fast-food restaurant or an American sit-down chain restaurant. However, if you live in an area with ethnically diverse dining options, and dining out is financially feasible for you, this is a great way for your kid to try lots of new dishes (in one sitting, if everyone orders something different) without your having to sweat over cooking something from scratch only to have it be rejected by your kid.

Finally, it would be nice if the book justified itself when it offered conflicting advice (it's ok to have many different approaches, but can they be referenced to each other?). First it's, 'don't put food on your child's plate, let them put it there themselves', and then 'don't waste time, have the food already on your child's plate before they are seated'. The book also spends some time acknowledging how many kids like their food separated, and then the very first recipe is fried rice with everything mixed together. I'm looking forward to trying these recipes, but it would help if there was more of a selection for 'segregators' (you know, the kids who reject a dish if it has even a speck of green in it).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you have a picky eater? Me too, but thanks to this book, maybe not forever. 9 July 2013
By amy010 - Published on
When I discovered this book, I snapped it up and read it through. It is easy to read, trim with only the most pertinent information that is highly usable. This book shines by giving the reader an understanding and empathy for what our children are going through and comfort that their behavior is normal, (our children aren't trying to drive us nuts). I no longer feel guilty about my daughter's food preferences and can focus that misspent energy on tactics that are guiding her towards making healthy choices.

How This Book Works
This book is divided into four sections:

What You Really Need To Know About Picky Eaters
This section defines what a picky eater is and gives you some reassurance that picky eating is not only normal behavior for kids is part of our biological wiring. For example, kids crave energy dense foods that are easy to break down, (i.e. carbs) to power their rapidly growing brains and bodies as well as their constant motion. Also, bitter flavors can be an indicator of a toxic substance and kids' natural aversion to bitter is a evolutionary protector against ingesting toxic plants. Perhaps this could be used to our advantage, I'm thinking kale flavored crayons and Play-Doh...

This section also contains Food Facts that delineates some of the common problems in our modern diets and offers gentle solutions for rectifying those issues.

The Fundamental Four: Attitude, Environment, Amounts and Rules
Attitude reminds us to keep our eye on long term goals by not waging war on our children each mealtime. Environment reminds us that if we want our children to eat healthy, then our pantries and refrigerators need to be filled with healthy foods and they need to see us enjoying those foods too. Amounts has easy-to-read charts that show daily calorie and nutrition requirements and how to meet them through your child's meals and snacks. The Rules section covers many of the contemporary food rules and whether or not following each is a good idea. Some of them are surprising, such as "Rule: Make your child's diet nutritionally balanced at each meal." (Something I've always strived to do.) Verdict: Break it! Upon reading the logic and research as to why, I think to myself... OhHHhhh...

Tips, Tricks and Tactics: Solving Picky Eater Problems
Now that we the parents are properly educated on the topic of feeding our brood, it's time for the fun stuff! The next 70 pages are filled with fun, gentle ideas for improving your child's overall diet while saving us some grey hair. I've been battling this issue for quite some time so I was doubtful that I'd find anything new. There were perhaps a dozen ideas that had never occurred to me and the ones I had already tried, I found I gave up too soon or could have tried it in a slightly different way. One surprise was learning that a child may need to be exposed to a new food 10 to 15 times before they'll even want to taste it. My daughter was lucky if I'd let her get away without trying a new food on the first day! No wonder she's worried whenever I set down an unfamiliar meal, she's sure I'm going to be pressuring her into eating some. That anxiety and pressure from me is going to ensure she rejects it out of hand. Another ah-ha moment for me. Play it cool... and hamm up the mmmMMMmmm--soo good.

The Experts' Favorites: Recipes Even Your Picky Eater Will Love
This section provides recipes from the authors of seven different kid friendly cookbooks! I plan to try them all except the two by the author whose book I already own. I have picked up the Sneaky Chef cookbook by Missy LaPine no less than a dozen times, during trips to the bookstore, only to put it back on the shelf. Now I can try out a sampling of her recipes before I invest in another would-be doorstop. Thanks Elizabeth!

Prior to reading this book I was frustrated and unwittingly making mealtimes a time for my daughter to feel bad about the choices her biological composition is driving her to towards, by laying on pressure and guilt. I don't think pressure and guilt ever wrought positive changes in anyone, but what else could I do? Lots apparently.

After reading this book I'm easier going about her food choices. I don't make food choices a power struggle anymore, so she's not losing because she's not giving in to me. I'm more conscientious about modeling good eating habits, I'm eating like a grown-up again, instead of eating what I know they'll eat. When she sees us enjoying these foods, she wants to like them and I've noticed that she keeps trying it (yay!) knowing she's missing out on something good. I'm trying to make mealtimes more fun and playful. I make the most out of snacks nutritionally, by giving my girls choices based on what they've been missing that day. For example if they're light on fruits and veggies I say, "You can have raisins, apple slices, carrot slices or applesauce." Or if they're light on protein, "You can have a hard boiled egg or mixed nuts." These changes plus a dozen or so others have us back on the right road. It's a long road, but in the interim I'm much more relaxed, my older daughter is much happier and my two-year-old benefits from these techniques at a much earlier age. Just as my venerated pediatrician reminds me, "We have 18 years to help her become a good eater." Thanks to this book, I'm confident we'll get there in a positive, gentle way.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent strategies, easy read for busy moms! 11 Nov. 2011
By Seashore Giggles - Published on
The latest in Elizabeth Pantley's series of books offers practical solutions for picky eaters. My five year old has responded very well to many of the strategies in this book, most especially her suggestion to allow him to serve his own plate. To my surprise, the first time I tried this he chose 8 cooked carrots out of the steamer and proudly ate ALL of them! Quite a difference from the cajoling it took to get him to eat the two we usually put on his plate! If you are looking for an easy to read book with practical tips and solutions for your picky eater, or guidelines to help your youngest children be more accepting of "normal" foods, this would be an excellent purchase. As in all of her books, Elizabeth Pantley offers a gentle approach to guiding parents through parenthood; it's as if you are having a conversation with a very wise, seasoned mom.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of substance 3 April 2013
By Bernice - Published on
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I read this book in less than an hour, and I while the content was well written I didn't feel I came away with any new advice that wasn't common sense. There is a well researched section on the importance of a balanced diet which for me felt completely redundant--I know that's important: it's the very reason I am looking for ways to encourage my picky-eater to eat! The recipe section has a nice selection of helathy recipes--you just have to convince your child to try them in the first place.
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