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Picky Eaters in Your Home?

By September 9, 2010 - 12:19pm

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What do you think about it? Do you have any methods for getting your kids to eat "good" foods?

By September 9, 2010 - 1:12pm

I always used to laugh when my sister would comment on her kids and give them tags such as, "that's our sassy one," or "that's our good eater." I get it now. Our boys are nearly 4 and 2.5--one will eat almost anything I put in front of him, and the other one usually protests if a tried-and-true item is missing from his plate or likewise if I attempt to expose him to some new-to-him healthy food. This same child has to take probiotics for a fussy stomach, so I am always urging him to eat healthy. Sometimes my urging works, and sometimes he protests louder.
The smoothie idea is a great one. I've also taken to allowing them to eat separately if they want because I've found that while eating like a family is a valuable thing, sometimes you just want them to eat unhindered by another. Our little one especially will decide he suddenly doesn't like something just because his older brother won't eat it. Yes, it's frustrating.
My saving grace has been that they usually will eat a good breakfast, and then there's that peer pressure thing. They both go to daycare. The montessori school where they go serves a square meal at lunchtime. So if they won't always eat what I would prefer at dinner time, at least I know they had a good breakfast and lunch.

September 9, 2010 - 1:12pm
By HERWriter Guide September 9, 2010 - 12:56pm

My son is a better eater than my two daughters but I agree with making food fun, adding some dips/sauces (although this can lead to a big old weight gain if it's over done. Adding ranch dressing to veggies is often counter productive because it's incredibly fattening. Maybe just a little or a light version!) and Susan gives some great tips.

Jessica Seinfeld has a book called Deceptively Delicious, that shows how to add lots of fruits, veggies etc to your kids foods without knowing. It has therefore had it's critics but I say go for it!

I am also getting a juicer so I can add in raw veg to my kids' diets. They are vegetarian and eat certain veggies (and every fruit under the sun!) but not as many veggies as I'd like. I have no qualms with throwing in two servings of veggies into their "fruit smoothie"! I was looking into the Jack LaLaine juicer. I don't want to do too much of it (sugar overload, certain fibers lost, and they need to learn to just eat some veggies as is) but a 6 oz glass a day might be well worth it.

Another thing is my kids eat better away from home - they'll try more things. Peer pressure is great in this way!

Thanks for posting this Christine (and Susan)!


September 9, 2010 - 12:56pm

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