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My children need to put on weight

All of my kids are underweight and slipping in the wrong direction on the growth charts. They are all pre-teens and they have very small appetites. I try to guide them to healthy choices, but at the same time they need lots of calories.

Do you have any suggestions for high-calorie meal ideas that are kid-friendly? They don't like sauces and gravies so hiding food in those things will not work. They will eat mac'n'cheese, plain pasta, plain chicken, donuts, muffins, pancakes. They like milk and yogurt and cheese.

I would be very glad of any suggestions.

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RedRowan

Asked by RedRowan at 10:56 PM on Jun. 3, 2011 in Tweens (9-12)

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Answers (8)
  • Hot dogs? Hamburgers? French Fries? Grilled cheese? Soups?
    Chloesmom1126

    Answer by Chloesmom1126 at 11:03 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • Nuts? Peanut Butter? Smoothies with fruit, yogurt, wheat germ and oats.

    I say start making them a wider variety of food.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:17 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • Grab some vanilla (or chocolate!) protein powder -- you can add it to pancakes, other baked goods, smoothies, etc. Peanut butter, yellow cheese (cheddar, etc, real cheeses), avocados, almonds, olive oil are healthy choices that can help them add pounds. I needed to add lbs when I was pregnant and enjoyed cheese cubes and apples with peanuts butter everyday! My 2-year old is a picky eater, but likes smoothies. We make them with yogurt and/ or almond milk, vanilla protein powder, strawberries and bananas. Frozen fruit works, too. Good luck!
    mevxoxo

    Answer by mevxoxo at 11:26 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • One of my nieces was underweight and her Dr had the parents give here Ensure. She was a pretty picky eater and about the only thing she did like was the Ensure. Check with your Dr, they may have some good ideas for you.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:57 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Thanks everyone!
    RedRowan

    Comment by RedRowan (original poster) at 10:04 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • my 10 yr old needed to gain five pounds to play football.
    Our doctor told us not to use the powered stuff weight lifters use, it would be hard on his kidney's.
    He should drink Carnations Breakfast, Special K Protin drinks.
    He gained enough by weigh in and he'll be able to play next school year.
    SassySue123

    Answer by SassySue123 at 9:36 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Just a question first. Do they all take a daily multi-vitamin? This can help appetite. If your body is lacking things it won't function properly.
    If they do and they still don't have good appetites then I agree with adding high calorie foods and also like the others above said, Ensure or Carnation Instand Brkfst drink etc.
    Make high calorie meals, lasagna, home made mac n cheese is better than any box. Type in high caloric foods and do a search I'm sure you'll get tons of ideas.
    GL
    KellyGirl_TX

    Answer by KellyGirl_TX at 10:55 AM on Jun. 7, 2011

  • KellyGirl, yes they take multivitamins and also omega-3 capsules. They've always been slim and have had small appetites.

    Thanks for the suggestions :)
    RedRowan

    Comment by RedRowan (original poster) at 5:34 PM on Jun. 7, 2011

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