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ideas for a picky eater?

im sure im not alone in this. my 2 1/2 year old is a very picky eater. for breakfast he only ever wants cereal or a piece of cinnamon toast. he eats only mandarin oranges from the fruit group. only chicken as far as meat goes and ZERO vegetables. I offer him a variety of things daily from sll food groups... and im really getting tired of throwing away food that doesnt get eaten. i give him the v8 fusion juice to sneak in a serving of veggies and he will eat yogurt and milk...but no cheese. im not good at coming up with creative ideas to get him to eat a well balanced diet so he usually wins the food fight as id rather him eat something than nothing. His toast is whole grain and he eat mini wheats but im stuck on how to get in protien, fruits, and veggies. He also takes a DHA gummi vitamin daily but i just feel like the kid never eats. Tried eggs and peanut go. Any ideas?

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Asked by Jakeandnatesmom at 1:44 PM on Jan. 8, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • start doing a 3 bite rule before he is allowed to not eat something
    1st bite - he may just say he doesn't like it
    2nd bite - getting used to it
    3rd bite - if he decides he likes it, he will eat more, if not, he at least gave it a shot.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 1:48 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • We do the 3 bite rule too...but..sometimes you have to offer foods many, many times before they are accepted. The nutritionist we worked with for my Grandkids said sometimes as many as 25 times before they will accept. Keep offering new and different things. Continue to sneak them in when you can but don't depend on that.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 2:05 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I call this the air-o-tarian phase! They all go through it. First, make sure that she is drinking water, so she doesn't get dehydrated.
    Most important, do not create a monster who only eats nuggets, mac and cheese and hot dogs.
    Just keep offering a variety of healthy foods, and eventually she will start eating.
    Frozen foods are fun to play with, and will get eaten, like peas, blueberries and corn. Chunks of avocado and tofu are loaded with great nutrition, and are fun to squish between little fingers.
    I have never met a toddler who wouldn't eat hummus (lots of calcium, protein, good fats and iron), you can mix it with a mashed egg.
    Offer cut fruits with yogurt dip, fresh veggies with hummus or salad dressing, cooked whole wheat pasta and veggies with marinara or peanut sauce or cheese sauce


    Answer by rkoloms at 2:28 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • We use the 3 bite rule. You must try 3 bites of what is on your plate; if you don't like it, you fix yourself peanut butter and honey on whole grain toast with a kiwi or apple. Even my husband is expected to follow the rule.
    If you cave now, you will forever have a picky monster on your hands. I promise that your child will not starve. Parents who cave are part of the reason why one half of American children are be both undernourished and overweight. One third of children born in this century will develop type 2 diabetes.
    Keep offering a variety of healthy foods; stop buying junk foods until the picky phase has passed

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:28 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

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