“Give Peas a Chance” feeding your picky toddler {book review & giveaway)

Toddlers are fickle little creatures.  One day, pasta is their favorite meal ever  and the next they give you this face when you make their favorite pasta in the world:

We have struggled with Jackson’s eating issues since he was a baby. We received an official Failure to Thrive diagnosis when he was only 15 months old and  completed treatment at Hasbro Children’s feeding team. I feel as though we have jumped through a million and one hoops to get him to eat. Even after all the therapy and nutritional counseling for the past couple of years, I still need help in providing nutritious meals for my kids that they will *actually* eat.

So when I received an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a new book titled “Give Peas a Chance: The foolproof guide to feeding your picky toddler,” I replied: “absolutely.” I’ve enjoyed reading “Give Peas a Chance.” The author, Kate Samela, is a registered dietitian, pediatric nutrition specialist and Mom of 2 who gives practical advice on dealing with picky eaters.

Since my family has gone through an extensive amount of nutrition counseling, occupational therapy for eating and other feeding team associations, not everything in the book was new to me. However, I love how she organized the book into easy-to-read and find chapters from “Nutrition 101″ to “Your Toddler’s Digestive Health.” She gave specific examples of other picky toddlers and how she helped them, which led to many dog-eared pages that I’ve gone back to use her ideas. One of my favorite quotes from the book is:

“It has taken my twelve years of working in this field and having two children to understand that feeding a toddler is ten percent about actual food and nutrition, and ninety percent about parenting.”

“Give Peas a Chance” helped gain back some confidence in parenting that I had lost with Jackson’s FTT diagnosis. I keep it on my kitchen counter and grab it when I’m stumped on snack or meal ideas. If you’re a toddler parent, I highly recommend reading Kate’s book. You can purchase it on Amazon (MSRP is only $14.99) or you can WIN your very own copy here (open to US and Canada)! You can find out more about Give Peas a Chance on Kate’s blog or on the book’s Facebook page.


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*I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate the review but as always, my opinions are my own!


  1. Katie says

    Ugh. Yes. Austin won’t eat anything but chicken tenders. I tell him everything is chicken and it works only part of the time.

  2. says

    This would be really helpful to have for Benjamin. We had his 2 year appointment this week, and he is in the 4th percentile for weight. We have a weight check in 3 months, and the doctor wants him to gain a pound in that time. He didn’t even gain a pound since June!! So for my little man that barely even eats the things he loves sometimes, this would be great to have.

  3. says

    My two year old is so picky, or should I say fickle? That word describes her perfectly. I can’t wait to read more about this book!

  4. says

    Can I tell you how desperately I need this for my 3 year old? Mac & cheese and pizza and by some miracle pancakes. If she could survive on strawberries she would. Crossing my fingers! ps. looooooooooooove the redesign!

  5. Jen G says

    I have a PICKY now four year old who we have struggled with since babyhood. Would love to win book to see what great tips she offers.

  6. Cynthia says

    I could always use help in feeding my two littles. J is just starting to be finicky lately. Book sounds awesome! Thanks!

  7. says

    This book is definitely going on my must read list. My two year old has always been a picky eater and it’s struggle to find complete meals for him.