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How do you get a 4 yr old boy who will only eat chicken nuggets, hotdogs, or spaghettios to try new things?

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Asked by Leftymama at 3:26 PM on Jun. 24, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Haha......I need the answer to that too! My 7 yr old sister has the same issue.

    Answer by MommyLee08 at 3:31 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • we offer the food we wenat him to eat first. if he dosent eat it before dinners over, then he can have a snack ebfore bed, all other meals are missed until the next meal. or he can heat the food he snubbed the first item

    Answer by 2cuteboysrmine at 3:35 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • I haven't had to deal with that yet, but everything I've seen or heard says to just STOP giving him those things. He cannot have them....don't have them in the house. He won't let himself starve. He may miss a couple meals, but it won't hurt him and he'll realize that he can't have his way.

    Answer by Nika75 at 3:36 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • You don't give him a choice. My son would eat that if that's an option. But I cook and tell him that that is what's for dinner. He can eat what I make or not eat at all. He eats whatever I make now.

    Answer by TheDiva320 at 3:48 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Stop buying the nuggest, hotdogs, and spaghettios.

    Can't eat 'em if ya don't have 'em.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 3:56 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Set a good example by eating a variety of foods. Do not serve him his favorite foods. Tell him "this is what we are having today". You have to be strong. Don't give in or he will always know you will let him have his favorites if he protests long enough. Eventually he will get hungry enough to try new things. My daughter and her boyfriend had that problem with his 6 year old. His ex never made he eat anything she didn't want to. After they worked with her for a couple of weeks, she eats a lot of different things. She even comments on how good some of the stuff is. Be strong. Good luck.

    Answer by GrandmaSusie444 at 4:04 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • I agree with Laura1229. He can't eat them if they aren't there. Do NOT indulge poor eating habits, no matter how much simpler it may make life for you, you are doing your child a grave disservice. He'll eat when he's hungry, trust me.

    Answer by crystees_mom at 8:03 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Ok mom, let's chat.You created this monster, and you have to get rid of it.First, make sure that you are setting a great example by eating a healthy variety of foods (fruits and vegetables in many different colors, whole grains, legumes).Second, stop buying processed foods; they are not healthy or nutritious.We have the 3 bite rule at our house; if someone does not like the meal, after 3 bites of everything on the plate he or she makes peanut butter and honey on whole grain bread with an apple.Meal time, especially dinner, should be sacred - not disrupted by a whiney child.
    Kids love to dip: fruit & yogurt; veggies & hummus or salad dressing; whole wheat pasta & peanut or marinara sauce.Kids also love to cook; go to the library and check out a kids cookbook (Pretend Soup is my favorite), make a meal or snack for the family.Go to the grocery store together and let him pick out a new fruit or veggie to introduce to the family

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:11 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • I have a ton of healthy, tasty, family and budget friendly recipes. I can list some; contact me for recipes.
    Noodles & veggies with peanut sauce
    Veggie pot pie
    Lentil tacos
    Squashed macaroni
    Sweet potato & black bean burritos
    Sloppy jojos (made with lentils)
    Italian stew
    Mediterranean Vegetable Stew with Poached Eggs
    Veggie stew with dumplings (crockpot)
    Southwest falafel (bean patties with avocado sauce)
    Tofu "fish sticks" with sweet potato or acorn squash baked "fries"
    General Tsao’s Tofu
    Tamale Bean Pie

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:12 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • And here is a healthy treat for two that you can make together:
    Dad's Sneaky Pudding
    Makes 2 servings
    This recipe was created by Earthsave International' s Chair of the Board of Directors, Louisville Lawyer and chef, John Borders.
    • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
    • 1 banana
    • 1-2 tsp. carob or cocoa powder
    • 2 tsp. flaxseed oil
    • 3-5 Tbsp. nut butter (cashew or almond)
    • 2-3 Tbsp. orange juice or other healthy juice such as carrot juice
    • 2 Tbsp. fortified soymilk
    • 1/8-1/4 avocado
    Set your little companion up on a stool beside you, ready to toss in the ingredients and push the button. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. This works best in a food processor; you might add a bit more juice or soymilk if you use a blender. Blend until smooth.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:12 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

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