The Nourished Child® is a nutrition school providing online nutrition courses and education for parents and kids. Founded by pediatric dietitian, Jill Castle MS, RDN, The Nourished Child® was developed through her 30+ years as a pediatric dietitian.
The Nourished Child® aims to nourish the WHOLE child, inside and out. We do this through a modern approach to childhood nutrition, including a focus on integrating three main areas:
Food: We strike a balance of nutritious foods to meet the nutritional requirements of your child, while optimizing the enjoyment of all foods.
Feeding: We strive for positive feeding interactions and a nurturing feeding environment, with the goal of promoting a healthy relationship with food.
Child Development: We keep an eye on where children are at on the developmental spectrum to inform our responses and decisions about food and feeding, while acknowledging the temperament of the child as a guiding light to their response to food, feeding approaches and their environment.
Our Core Values
We take educating parents about food, feeding and child development seriously.
In a world where information is coming from left and right, “experts” are everywhere, and our kids are growing up in an increasingly complicated world of food, we seek to change how every parent views nourishing and feeding their child.
We want to change how parents feel about feeding their kids. We want parents to embrace the impact they have on their child’s health and wellness. We want parents to increase their confidence in feeding their kids. We do this through education, empowering parents to be the best feeders, nourishers, and nurturers they can be at home.
We aim for competence and knowledge when it comes to nourishing and nurturing kids, whether it be babies, toddlers, kids or teens.
Our goal: We want every parent to feel good about the food and feeding decisions they make for their child and their family, no matter their beliefs, situation or experience.
All Bodies are Good Bodies. We respect all shapes, sizes, colors, weights and abilities.
All Foods Fit. We fuse medical status, health goals, food access, financial realities, and cultural preferences.
Food Balance is a Dance. We understand a nourishing diet is an eating pattern that is varied, uniquely yours and in flux.
A Nourishing Diet is a Nurturing Diet. We believe what we feed our kids is as important as how we feed them.
You Are the Expert of Your Child. We know that nobody knows your child better than you.
One Stage Leads to Another. We appreciate that childhood is evolving and ever-changing. One stage builds on the next. The successes and challenges of the past forecast the future. We understand that parents are growing as much as their children, just in different ways.
Raising Good Eaters is Personal. We know you have a food history and you’re creating one for your child. This is part of your life’s work, your legacy. We know you want to get this right.
Scientific Evidence Over Opinion. Of course, we value lived experience, too, but we don’t gamble with any child’s nutritional status and health. We always look to the research first.
You Feed and Nourish Your Child. We respect that not all families are in the same place, have the same access or life circumstances. We know food and feeding decisions are made based on LIFE. No matter your financial status, your cultural preferences, or your inherited experiences — YOU DO YOU. We respect that.
How We Help
As a trained pediatric nutritionist and mother of four, Jill relied on her nutrition and feeding knowledge to help her raise her own good eaters and get through her own challenging times. She came to understand that nutrition knowledge was her secret weapon.
We want you to have your own base of nutrition know-how. Your own secret weapon.
The Nourished Child® is our effort to arm you with the information and insight you need to raise good eaters who enjoy food and who have a healthy relationship with it.
Whether it be about the most modern way to nourish kids today, how to manage an athlete’s diet or a child with ADHD, or transitioning your family to a new way of gathering around the table (ahem, family-style meals), The Nourished Child® offers a nutrition school full of free articles and podcast episodes.
Raise good eaters who have a healthy relationship with food.
Cut though the confusing noise and skip to the front of the class with this unique and modern online, self-paced learning experience.
For parents who want to dive deeper into our curated classes and mini-trainings, you’ll find nutrition classes and guidebooks to cover your most pressing needs. Our parent education programs consist of multiple, comprehensive modules, each of which include about 20 video lessons. To support these nutrition lessons, additional printables, worksheets, and guides support learning along the way.
Each childhood nutrition guidebook takes a deep dive into a specific topic, breaking it down with current research and practical ways to implement changes today. In a nutshell, you get your questions answered quickly but also gain deep insight and knowledge about nutrition.
Nutrition workshops, programs, and guidebooks are available anytime, anywhere. Our platform is mobile-friendly allowing you to access it 24/7.
See our bank of educational options in our Shop.
Which Online Nutrition Course is Right for Me?
There are a variety of online nutrition education classes available. Our flagship course, The Nourished Child Blueprint®, gives you everything you need to know about nutrition and feeding kids. This program outlines basic food, feeding and child developmental milestones for any parent so they are able to integrate these three areas and troubleshoot any challenges as they feed and raise their children.
We aim to nourish your child’s body, mind and spirit. We consider this our foundational class — the blueprint for good nutrition and feeding — so it’s a good place to start.
Or, you can learn from a more specialized program, like The ADHD Diet for Kids. This is designed to help parents of children with ADHD tailor the best diet, nutrients, and feeding interactions to ensure optimal growth, behavior and learning for their child.
There are more trainings, and we’re growing. You can register for complete programs or buy a single lesson — whatever suits you best!
We are constantly creating nutrition workshops, programs and guidebooks to help you be the best food parent on the planet for your little and big ones. If you have a need and we don’t have a resource for you, PLEASE let us know!
Get clear on feeding your child and never feel guilty again.
How much do The Nourished Child® programs cost?
From a guidebook to a single lesson to a complete program, our prices range from $7 to $197, depending on the depth and length of the program.
[If you’re a parent, professional or healthcare organization and are interested in access to our classes and resources for your participants, clients or employees, contact us!]
If you have questions, please contact us to help – we’re happy to!
More Ways to Learn About Child Nutrition
If a class, workshop, or in-depth guidebook isn’t your thing right now, don’t worry. You can still learn! We try to meet you where you’re at, whether it be driving kids around to after-school activities or feeding your baby in the middle of the night.
Did you know we have a podcast? Yes we do!
The Nourished Child® has over 150 episodes focused on infant, toddler, child and teen nutrition, and is loaded with practical insight from Jill and her expert guests. You can learn while you exercise, clean the house, or travel.
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We also have a bank of articles and practical guidance to help you understand nutrition for kids. Check out the blog!
Both the podcast and blog are FREE resources for you, helping support your journey of raising good eaters.
Are You Really Stuck?
I’ve developed deep expertise in my over 30 years in pediatric nutrition and feeding. As a 5-time author, writer, and consultant, I stay abreast of current research and practices.
While my schedule doesn’t allow me to dedicate enough time to sufficiently commit to patients who require longer term care, I can help – in small bursts – those of you who have a quick question, who need a simple strategy, or need direction on next steps.
We help families take a holistic view of food, nutrition, feeding, development and health.