How to get my 2yr old to eat more meats??

Christie - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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She'll eat pop corn chicken but thats about it... she'll chew on the meat for a while and tha soit it out!! plz help!

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Tatiana - posted on 09/01/2010

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She doesn't really have to eat meat at 2 yo. I had same problem with my daughter, but her doctor told not to make her eating meats. She will start when she will be ready. Now she eats chicken sometimes and half of egg about twice a month. She gets her protein from milk/yogurt etc Well if you want to feed her with meat SO much, try to put tiny pieces (I mean really very small) in some soup - that worked sometimes with my child when she was 1,5 - 2

Allie - posted on 08/31/2010

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My son loves tofu.. its not meat, but it has protein and such. I personally can't stand it, but I add some seasonings and cook it like chicken and he eats it up! I think its more of a texture thing for the both of us.. he likes his a little mushy and I like my food more... solid? lol good luck!

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My son is 6 years and he is not a big meat eater but I find the All bran recipe website awesome here is one our favorites:



500 g 1 lb lean ground beef

250 ml or 1 cup Cereal All-Bran* Original cereal

125 ml or 1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 small onion,

5 ml or 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 ml or 1/2 tsp salt

1 ml or 1/4 tsp pepper

1 pinch or 1 pinch garlic powder

10 small round buns

- or - Condiments as desired





1. In large bowl, combine first 8 ingredients. Stir well with fork until thoroughly mixed. Shape into 10 small ( or 6 ) round patties about 1.5 cm ( 5/8" ) thick.



2. On a greased barbecue grill, grill patties 10-15 minutes, turning once, or place on a lightly greased broiler pan 8-10 cm (3-4") from preheated broiler and broil about 4 minutes per side or until browned and no longer pink inside. Serve on buns with condiments.



Whenever cooking with raw meats, ensure safe internal temperature is reached.



VARIATION: Using a level 15 ml (1 tbsp) measure, shape beef mixture into 40 meatballs. Place on shallow baking pan. Bake at 180°C (350°F) 15-20 minutes or until browned and no longer pink inside. Serve with your favourite canned or homemade sauce.



YIELD: 10 small or 6 regular-size burgers

NOTE: Nutrient information does not include condiments



PER SERVING: (1 SMALL BURGER)

190 Calories (800 kJ)

15 g Protein

6 g Fat

25 g Carbohydrate

3.5 g Dietary Fibre

420 mg Sodium

285 mg Potassium



PER SERVING: (1 REGULAR BURGER)

305 Calories (1270 kJ)

20 g Protein

10 g Fat

35 g Carbohydrate

5.5 g Dietary Fibre

675 mg Sodium

465 mg Potassium

Niki - posted on 08/27/2010

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We stuggle with that one too, but if we offer some sauce (any sauce will do, but ranch is the big seller) he'll dip it first then it's usually swallowed :)

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If she won't eat ground beef, you might be able to get her to eat turkey. It has a finer texture. If she won't touch chicken, try fish. Just keep offering a variety of foods and if she doesn't eat it, it's not the end of the world. If she refuses any meat at all, she can still get all of her amino acids by having rice and beans in the same meal.

Colene - posted on 08/21/2010

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Hi Christie, My toddler is the same way! From my doctor and my research, here is what I have found:

Just keep offering her meat and as long as she's eating other foods with protein that should be fine. She gets protein from cheese, milk, peanut butter, beans or eggs. Many cereal bars and other snacks have protein. You can try a veggie burger which packs a great nutritional punch. One patty can have whole grains, calcium, protein and vegetables. (I've heard babies shouldn't eat too much soy product though, so I don't overdo the soy based "meat". ) I bought Gardenburger brand black bean burgers and tomato basil burgers and my girl eats them (not zealously, but she gives them a fair shake). I still give her regular meat to try and she takes bites here and there. Chicken has grown on her a bit. I know there are parents who raise their children vegetarian and vegan so your daughter will be absolutely fine if she skips meat for a while.

I just want to note that I have not done any reliable research on whether or not too much soy can be damaging in any way to children. I just read an article or two and have heard people discussing it before. That isn't exactly scientific : )

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