What is a balance diet that a picky aspergers syndrome six year old may like to try??

Nahasha - posted on 05/23/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Nutritional Meals, Are easier said that done. My son, Anton finds something he likes and sticks to it. He hates the idea of change. What tips can someone give me to encourage him to give new introduced foods a chance???

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Danielle - posted on 05/25/2012

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i have the same issue with my son. he eats about the same 8-10 food items all the time, drives me crazy. i just keep plugging away and usually make him at least try a small bite of whatever it is that i'm eating. I have found that he won't eat things like shakes and i can't hide veggies in his food. if he eats fruit try to get him to eat many different colors of fruit to get certain vitamins. maybe he has and oral sensory thing (my son does) and doesn't like the textures of things. sometimes i "run out" of his favorite and i can get him to eat something else. Just keep trying. it's a long road but you will get there. my son live on waffles, pancakes and french toast with out syrup and also some fruits. but peas and sweet potatoes are his only veggies. it's not easy i have to say. but the doctor doesn't seemed too concerned at this point. At least yours is taking supplements mine won't even take those. good luck

Nahasha - posted on 05/24/2012

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I learned long time ago as a child being forced to eat food I hated never to appy that same issue towards my children. I remember what it felt like. So it's not a issue that I talk about every day. I have substitutes and even tried granola bars and power bars but my son is so intelligent and sensory sharp he knew what was in it. He say I see chocalate but tast nuts and grains and that bar ended up lft on the end of the couch!! lol!! Bannas have been dropped literarly out of his bedroom window on purpose and strawberrys are no longer leaving the refrigerater. He hates Pizza. He love ravioli sometimes. He's on vitamins and additionally when he doesnt eat anything I purchase ensure as a precoution. I do feel at ease with those options avalible. He just love both suppliments!!

Nahasha - posted on 05/24/2012

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I've trying vitamins just in case he does'nt eat properly, so as of now he loves that. I chose Flintstone Gummie Vitamins and he loves those so much he trys to eat them like candy. He hates pizza. it's because he love plain food without anything added unless it's dip or cheese. He hate vegtables and fruit he eats by spells every now and than. When he refuses to eat anything I go to the grocery store and purchase Ensure as a subpliment for missed meals. I can never prepare a meal a head of time for him because it would not get eating and food is to expensive to cook and just throw away. He love hotdogs, frenchfries,biscuits, mashed potatoes, yogart, poptarts. He doesnt like meat. He perfers fish at times. Talipia and thin slice fillas. No chicken nuggets any more. He used too but now he says they smell funny. No eggs, grits probably once every 3 to 4 months. Peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and honey is his favorite.

Anaquita - posted on 05/23/2012

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I make it a non-issue for my son. It may take 20 times to quietly introduce something, but generally he will eventually try it. Or if he seems ultra-resistant, I make a deal with him... one bite, and if he doesn't like it, he doesn't have to eat more. My son will generally make noise about not liking it, but often the next time or two I make it, he'll eat it without any prompt. I also find an item, not mixed in with other stuff, and without spices helps. My aspergers kid prefers things simple and plain. If it's something he already likes, I don't have a backup, or an extra something to keep him fed that he can eat instead. If it's something new though, I do. As for veggies, while that's generally not an issue, it helps that I take him to places like farmers markets where he has a hand in picking what we get which helps encourage him to eat it as well. Or have him help pick out foods at stores for meals.

Melanie - posted on 05/23/2012

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Have you tried to make it a treat? For example introduce smoothies or milkshakes and add protein powder and fruits and vegetables and powdered vitamins and minerals to it. It is a stopgap measure but should help somewhat. Go for vegetables that do not have a strong taste and fruits that do for the smoothies. Then they are a treat. Also hide vegetables in some of the foods he likes. For example with pizza put a layer of vegetables on top of the sauce and then cover it with cheese (you can substitute shredded zucchini or cucumber for up to about 1/5th of the cheese for pizza or 1/3 for lasagna) and whatever toppings he likes. I can give more in depth ideas if you let me know what some of his favorite foods are.

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