protein sources for picky 2 year old?

Mary - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi, My 2 year old is a picky eater and is rather lean. She likes rice, pasta, crackers, pancakes, oatmeal and almost anythng else carb-based. Dairy products are also popular - especially yogurt and cheese. I can get her to eat most fruits and a few vegetables (broccoli, carrots, peas, corn, etc - at least sometimes). I haven't had too much luck w/ getting her to eat protein sources - other than from dairy, eggs and occassionally beans. Sometimes we put a little protein powder in her oatmeal. Any suggestions for meat, tofu, or other protein sources that your lil' ones like? Recipes welcome!

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Lea - posted on 06/30/2010

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Yogurt, cheese, peanut butter and nuts, tofu (yes my son does really eat it its very mild in flavor which is what kids like), edamame, natural nitrate-free hot dogs.

Ginette - posted on 06/12/2010

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My girls love to dip there food so to get them to eat deli meats, I serve it with cheese, veggies and dip and they just dip the meat and cheese too! They love to dip their chicken in honey and pork chops in applesauce. If I cook any meat in a sauce or gravy they will gobble it up if I cover it with sauce in their plates.
Just a few ideas, hope they help!!

Bethanie - posted on 06/11/2010

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Whole fat greek yogurt (unsweetened) has an outstanding amount of protein and it's tasty! Fish, chicken and turkey are good (and healthier) sources of protein then red meat.

Louise - posted on 06/10/2010

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Nuts are a good source of protein and so are beans. Do you have baked beans in tomato sauce over there? These are really high in protein and kids love them. If she likes pasta then give her spagetti bolognese with minced beef. Any red meat is a good source of protein along with eggs and pulses.

Kathy - posted on 06/10/2010

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Try veggie burgers with some cheese. They have all different flavors now & some are really good.

Kathy - posted on 06/10/2010

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Cottage cheese is a good source of protein (15g per 5oz) (yogurt has 6g per 6oz). If your daughter won't eat it plain try adding some fruit or the cottage cheese doubles. My daughter is also picky, but if it has pasta sauce on it, she will eat it, so I put pasta sauce on very firm tofu and she'll eat it, and can also add cheese to it. Eggs are a very good source of protein (7g per egg). If she's getting milk with her meals, that is also providing protein (8g per cup).

Lisa - posted on 06/09/2010

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A favorite in our house in Celery or carrots dipped in Almond butter. Or trail mix is another one. Add chicken to salads or cut it up and mix it with veggies.

Brandi - posted on 06/08/2010

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Hi, my nephew is 9 now and will eat just about anything I fix for him, from cereal to gormet meals. That's saying a lot, since I sell Pampered Chef for a living and am always experimenting with recipes, lol. I started him out with what I call "Fun Foods" when he first started out on regular food. I would create a plate. Make a house with the meat, broccoli as trees, mixed vegies as flowers, ect. Try adding a little bit of orange or pineapple juice to the meat, it gives it just a little bit of sweetness for them. If you do spagetti, add lots of meatballs and make her plate look like a bunch of faces...noodles for the smile and nose, meatballs for the eyes. Get creative, nothing wrong with playing with your food, as long as it gets eaten, lol.
The comment Julie made about the bread rang true for me. He would eat the middle of a sandwich and leave the bread, lol.
As for the tofu, grill or saute it with whatever meat and/or vegies your having, add some very mild spices to it, and create a picture with it, this might catch her interest. Hope that gives you some ideas. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 05/29/2010

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That great at least your two year old eats a wide selection of foods. I can't get my 3 yr old to eat eggs or alot of vegtables but i do get her to eat Hotdogs and Turkey or Bolony the lunch meats and the hotdogs i cut in tiny pieces and sometimes she eats it with Ketchup but when we go to Mcdonalds once a week due to the arts and crafts she loves plain cheeseburgers. Maybe u should just try giving her the lunch meat by herself. I found out both my girls just like the meat and not the whole sandwich. That's how i get her to eat other food but not everything she won't really eat pasta what so ever more meat.

Bethanie - posted on 05/26/2010

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Quinoa (keen-wah), lentils and wheat germ (mixed in with fruit, baked goods etc) are also great sources of protein. Whole grains contain more protein then their white, heavily processed counterparts so opt for that instead.

Kristin - posted on 05/18/2010

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Have you tried any nut butters yet? If not, go for it, but go very slowly. Especially if there is a history of nut allergies in your family. Otherwise, she's fine. Offer what you are having and encourage her to try a small bite. She may go for more.



Mine love fish (tilapia and wild salmon best), organic hot dogs (they can be found), burgers (turkey and beef), chicken, and pork loin roast. We eat primarily vegetarian anyway, but I guess we would be called flexitarian.



Hope this helps.

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