Guest Blogger

Beth Bader

Beth Bader

Beth Bader, co-author of the book The Cleaner Plate Club, has been a photojournalist, writer, and shark wrangler. If you ask her whether it's harder to wrangle a shark or dress a toddler, the answer is the shark — but only because they bite harder. Raising a child is way harder than sharks otherwise.

In their book, The Cleaner Plate Club, Ali Benjamin and Beth help parents understand picky eating behaviors; where they originate, and how to deal with them creatively to get kids to eat better — without any sneaking, lying or fights. And without the judging or holier-than-thou advice that parents don’t want and don’t need.

The Cleaner Plate Club also includes information to help parents understand all the overwhelming headlines about industrial food, its safety hazards, and the harm it has done to our environment and most of all, our kids.

As much activist as cook, Beth is most of all a mom determined to make the world a better place for her child, one meal at a time. She is a food blogger at Expatriate's Kitchen.and contributes to EatLocalChallenge.com and The Cleaner Plate Club Blog.

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Blog Posts by Beth Bader

  • Six top reasons to eat healthy while you are pregnant: Part 1

    Six top reasons to eat healthy while you are pregnant: Part 1

    If you are pregnant, you’re probably thinking a lot more about baby names and how to store up a few months of extra sleep rather than that eventual battle over broccoli when your baby becomes a toddler. Yet now may be one of your best opportunities to help him to love his vegetables!

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  • Enjoy Your Dinner

    Enjoy Your Dinner

    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War The hardest battle to avoid is one brought on by your own expectations. It’s pretty normal for us to want our efforts to be appreciated. We moms (and dads who cook) often prepare meals out of a […]

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  • Strategies for Countering Texture Issues

    Strategies for Countering Texture Issues

    Texture was an unexpected learning for me. When I look back on the whole of Battle Orange, the number of recipes and the lengths I went to, I have to shake my head and sigh. One recipe solved the whole thing. One.

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  • Strategies for Countering Taste Issues

    Strategies for Countering Taste Issues

    I’ll admit it. I used to think I hated spinach. My stepmom would fix frozen spinach, boiled, and served with cider vinegar. It was dark, greenish black, mushy and bore no resemblance to the original vegetable at all. I was never a picky eater, but I would not touch the stuff.

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  • Strategies for Countering Color Issues

    Strategies for Countering Color Issues

    There will be a few struggles at the table with your child that have nothing to do with food. These often include; random refusals of longtime favorites, holding out for dessert or other foods instead of dinner, the macaroni and cheese strike where all other foods are refused except the one your child wants.

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  • The Battle of Orange Food Begins

    The Battle of Orange Food Begins

    I have to confess that right about late September a strange obsession strikes me: Pumpkins. It has little to do with Halloween, actually. I simply love all the crazy colors and shapes and varieties of this vegetable. I also love the flavor.

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  • The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 2

    The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 2

    If your kid’s diet plan reads like the “children’s menu” at the drive-thru, don’t worry. You can get him to eat better! Just don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to make that huge change in one meal. Think little changes, over time, that add up to a long-term goal.

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  • The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 1

    The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 1

    Whether we parents are working full time out of the house or at home, we’re working hard and juggling a lot including rushing from school to activity to play date on a non-stop treadmill. Endless food battles on top of all the other daily conflicts just add to the exhaustion.

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  • Food Fight! Dealing With Control Issues at the Table

    Food Fight! Dealing With Control Issues at the Table

    We’ve all had those days, right? The ones where our little one is on a mission to battle us on everything from wearing bunny slippers instead of shoes, shorts in winter, this toy instead of that one, getting in the car seat … right up to what’s for lunch. The whole time, shouting a resounding […]

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  • Getting Kids to Eat Their Colors

    Getting Kids to Eat Their Colors

    While all kids have picky eating behaviors at least some of the time, how that issue gets expressed is as unique as your child. Behaviors such as liking a food one day and refusing it the next are common. Some kids will only eat a certain food for a week at a time or have […]

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