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Need help w/ picky eater!!!

My 22 month old daughter has recently decided that she won't eat meat...she also won't eat most veggies. The ONLY veggies she will eat are peas and corn. I feel like she really needs to be eating more than mac and cheese all the time (she picks out any veggies I try to hide too) If anyone has any advice or recipes that they can share I'd be so appreciative!!

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Asked by Stolizgrl at 12:35 PM on Oct. 28, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • There bodies know what they need. I wouldn't worry about. If you are, just find a new way to make her meals so she doesn't know what is in it. Blend it with other food. BE CREATIVE!!!

    Answer by racingmomma at 12:48 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • It's normal for her to go through a phase like this at her current age. One easy way to sneak in veggies is spaghetti sauce. Roast some carrots, zucchini, onion, etc until tender, and then run through a blender and mix with a jarred sauce or your own sauce. Also, try adding a little tuna or shredded chicken to her mac & cheese. Keep introducing new items and new ways to eat them...try raw vegetables with ranch to dip in. Don't worry about meat, as long as you get some protein in her she doesn't really need meat at this point. Peanut butter and beans are great alternatives for protein. Dipping foods are usually pretty popular at her age.
    Just remember, keep introducing new foods. My daughter spent a year not touching anything some of her favorite foods are broccoli, green beans, and spinach!

    Answer by jespeach at 12:58 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • My daughter would only eat pasta....
    my doctor recommended Nutri Pals....
    I get them in Walmart near the baby stuff...
    tons of nutrients and I mix it with milk...I swear it helps her go #2 also.

    Answer by Dannee at 1:07 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • puree or finely shred veggies into soup, sauces, casseroles, etc.

    Answer by MommaLucy at 1:14 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • this past week my husband and I have made a pack to make our 24month old eat meats a veggies. We don't let her have any other food (or drink) until she eats what is on her plate. We've had to do a few 2 minute timeouts, but she comes out of her room ready to eat her meats and veggies. She absolutely will not eat broccoli or onions, which is fine. So far she has eaten yellow/green squash, carrots, potatoes (it's a starch really), asparagus, chicken, and steak.

    You must make a commitment to not give in to her tears.

    Answer by charisma10 at 1:26 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • Also,
    when she turns two, and still eating minimum meat.... ask your physician about a multivitamin. She will need her B12 from somewhere, which only comes from animal products.

    Answer by charisma10 at 1:28 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • You can hide almost anything (meat/veggies) in refried beans if you puree it.

    Answer by Kimebs at 2:38 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • Have you tried peanut butter? It's a great source of protien. Eggs, tofu and beans are good too. My son likes hummus alot. Someone mentioned dipping things so what about giving her chicken strips with something to dip them in (ketchup, bbq sauce, Ranch, etc).

    Answer by jms124 at 9:06 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

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