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“I Will Never NOT EVER Eat a Tomato”

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by L. Child. Orchard Books

This book explores picky eating habits with siblings Charlie and Lola. One day, Charlie’s parents ask him to feed his sister Lola. Lola lists off all the wholesome foods that she will never, ever eat. Charlie decides to trick her into eating these foods. Instead of carrots, he serves orange twiglets from Jupiter. Instead of potatoes, Charlie serves cloud fluffs from the pointiest peak on Mount Fuji. Lola is so excited to try these exotic treats that she not only eats all the foods she said she would never eat, but she even requests to eat her least favorite food, tomatoes (moonsquirters). Not only does Lola enjoy the food, but she participates in making creative names for the food too.

This book takes a light-hearted, fun approach to addressing picky eaters. However, Charlie claims to approach his sister’s picky eating patterns by playing “a good trick on her.” Sometimes using your imagination makes healthy eating fun. This helps when trying to get your kids to try nutritious foods.

After reading this book with your child:

  • Ask your child to name their favorite foods. Make up funny names for foods with your kids.
  • Create a dinner menu using the new names that you invented.

“I Will Never NOT EVER Eat a Tomato” by L. Child. Orchard Books, London: 2000.



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About the Author

Solange Bushra Wasef, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and professor in the greater Los Angeles area. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Palomar College. Solange also has experience in nutrition writing, authoring presentations, creating weight-loss curriculum, weight counseling, and nutrition outreach through meal delivery programs for the homebound. Prior to teaching nutrition at the college level, she taught language arts and math to high school students.


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