What difficulties do you have getting your children to eat healthy?

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Rachel - posted on 08/20/2010

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I don't have any, but one thing to note is that healthy eating starts in the womb, so if you didn't eat right during your pregnancy then you can't expect that they would eat healthy too. If you want your child to eat healthy now, what you need to do is sit down and eat the same things that you want them to eat with them, that always is a help.

Sasha-lynn - posted on 08/19/2010

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My 17 month old daughter is will not eat any fruit or vegetables unless my hubby or myself are eating it. For example, I was eating grapefruit today and she sat beside me and enjoy some as well. Also I could be eating an apple and she will stick her hand out for a piece.
My pediatrician told me that they tend to like to eat whatever you are eating.

Chrissy - posted on 08/18/2010

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I don't have any problems with my kids eating healthy either. We did have a problem with my bf's son eating veggies and fruit, but not anymore! So all the kids love every veggie I put in front of them. @Jennifer, we play a game, too, to make sure that they eat what they are supposed to. I say "if you don't eat it, I will get it" and with big smiles, they pick up their forks with veggies on it and put it in their mouths.....I only do this with the younger 2 anymore though LOL

Cheri - posted on 08/18/2010

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I sneak pureed Green sqash or applesauce) into my choc cupcakes in place of the pil. The kids dont know , it tasted exactly the same, and i got veggies or fruit in them....

Aicha - posted on 08/13/2010

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My children eat healthy because I home cook their food my youngest is 11 months old and she loves fruits and vegetable as well as her breastmilk

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Sarah - posted on 11/02/2011

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and i never have a problem with anything she will eat anything... When i first put her on solids we found out she was allergic to wheat and she had ezema so we had to cut out all dairy aswell. I was only 19 when i had her so i had no idea what wheat was in and what it wasn't so i figured having her live on nothing but fruit/veg/beans and seeds was the best thing to do now she will eat anything i give her and will choose a carrot over a lolly/biscuit

J - posted on 08/27/2010

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My plan has always been to offer lots of variety, make sure they are finger friendly, and even if she doesn't "like carrots" i'll still add them to a fresh salad or mix em with the peas, I let her make the choices herself and don't sweat it if she doesn't eat everything offered. Variety that's my game...now what to do about hubby who buys ALL kinds of junk food? Hot dogs, and chips (his idea of dinner), candy cookies sodas, you name it he brings it home... then I hide it, LOL

Jessica - posted on 08/26/2010

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my son used to eat everything now he only wants juice boxes and fruit snacks but he wont get those unless he eats he loves chicken, rice, and pizza. But hes not a big eater hed rather snack all day which would be fine if he still ate his meals

Bridgette - posted on 08/26/2010

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Well its called autism they have a heightened sence of smell and taste so they both give me a hard time over the smell and even textures of foods.

Courtney - posted on 08/26/2010

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My so wont eat anything but snacks and a few other things! I dont know how to get him to eat anything healthy.Games wont work, him watching me at something wont work, if i quick put sumthing in his mouth he will spit it right out..I dont know what to do

Priya - posted on 08/26/2010

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Its always hard to feed them. At the beginning stage it would be difficult but day by day it would be better. It all dependS on how you prepare the meals for them. Always prepare something different everyday.

Sally - posted on 08/26/2010

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My daughter is a toddler,so getting her to eat her hard veggies can be hard, not because she doesn't like them but because they are just hard for her to eat. So I found that book, "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfield and OMG it has really been a Godsend!! I can hide purees in foods...even for my husband! Lol! Some days can be harder than others but I keep introducing foods she has previously rejected (like bread) because that day may be the day her taste buds may like it! Luckily she does love fruit and most veggies and still nurses! Whew!

Tiffany - posted on 08/26/2010

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my son is PDD and he will not eat hardly anything at a time, he is too active to even get him to sit still to eat. this has been my struggle for over a year. he is too big for a high chair, and we dont even go out to eat much anymore.

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I don't have a problem getting my kids to eat healthy because that is all I really offer on a daily basis. I offer protein and carbs for breakfast, fruits for lunch and we have vegetables and a small serving of protein for dinner. Even when we are out during a meal I still pack the meal. Not only does it save money from eating out but my kids still get the well balanced meals for the day. There are days that they get to eat out but those are few and very far between.

good luck and god bless.

Karen - posted on 08/26/2010

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Luckily my biggest issue is getting her to eat some veggies before she eats her fruit. We've had to leave all fruit off her plate until she eats her vegetables or she won't even touch anything in the "V" category.

User - posted on 08/26/2010

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hi,my 18months daughter dont like eating she only likes vegetables,and water.she is 12kgs.wat can i do to her?

Charity - posted on 08/26/2010

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I always put it in front of my kids regardless. It is also a rule in my house that if you have never tried something, you have to take at least one bite. Same rules go for adults. I put something they love along with something they may not, but it gives them options and hopefully one day, you never know!

Tamara - posted on 08/25/2010

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For my daughter I have to put cheese on all green stuff. My son is not quite as picky as her. Its definitely a challenge!

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2010

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Barbara - posted on 08/25/2010

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they now have green ketchup and orange mustard too, i make mickey mouse sundaes with 2 oreos for ears and mms for eyes and a smile, i use my arm like a airplane and that makes it more funs with sounds etc

Cingashe - posted on 08/25/2010

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I must say - my daughter does not eat sweets and really enjoys drinking water, she know soda is a luxury and can only be treat now and again. BUT... how do i get her to each vegatables, and the biggest problem - i agree with her most of the time because I too only started eating veggies whe i was much older. (She will eat potatoes, raw carrots and cauliflour with cheese sauce - but nothing else). She detest butternut. I wont talk about peas and cooked carrots and corn, cannot even trick her.

Amanda - posted on 08/25/2010

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Even if i give my daughter Chicken Nuggets for a meal, i can usually get her to eat some kind of fruits and veggies...She has a love for watermelon, grapes and carrots..(if she sees watermelon on the table, she wont eat anything else) sometimes i can get her to eat apples and bananas, but not always

Nola - posted on 08/25/2010

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Make eating fun. If you cut the fruit and veggie into fun shapes and give them something yummy to dip them into your kids will eat raw fruit & veggies.

Melissa - posted on 08/24/2010

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Im very fortunate cause i started my son very early on fruits and veggies, now with most meals he has to have something. He LOVES all fruit and can eat a whole can of peas in one sitting!!!! I would just force the issue. Just give then either or for a meal and try to get then to eat it!!!! Cause ur kid only knows what you teach them.!!! Teach them to like fruits and veggies

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I am very blessed, my kids eat healthy. They will eat veggies and fruit, the problem that we have is when we got to a friends house and they have "fast food" like hamburgers, corn dogs, hot dogs ect. My kids will NOT eat that stuff. We bring food with us.

Val - posted on 08/24/2010

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my daughter when she was a baby she loved her food and would eat anything then when she was 2yrs old she got hand foot and mouth which gave her blisters in her mouth and when she got better she became a really fussy eater even now at 15yrs old she wont eat veg some meats she used to love yogurts and rice puddings but now she wont eat any of it so it i difficult to go out for family meals as it is just a waste of money

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I wouldn't say we have any big issues with eating. I have one who will try or eat most anything, one who dislikes potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers, and one who is allergic to cucumbers and has a lactose sensitivity. All stuff that's pretty easy to work around, though.



I sometimes joke that anyone who refused vegetables might die of starvation here, but I don't force veggies on them. I just offer them many times, prepared in different ways. I never make a big deal over whether they eat them or not. In most cases, they end up trying them eventually. My kids' doctor says it takes 10-15 exposures or something like that.

Jakethia - posted on 08/23/2010

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I was having trouble with my kids eating vegetables. They just want to eat whatever they want to, but I had to talk to them about how vegetables can keep them living for along time. I told them eating a healthy meal can keep them healthy in life. I told them junk food can make them tired and lazy. It good giving kids a healthy meal each day. They will be proud of their mom or dad.

Michelle - posted on 08/23/2010

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I can't get my kid to eat anything health he is on pedasure because of that so good luck trying I have tried for a year in a half to get him to eat any thing at all for me. but I would try ever two weeks on the foods your child wont eat and see how it goes.

Rachel - posted on 08/23/2010

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My 20month old daughter will not eat her dinner! I'll put vegetables and meat into a bowl for her and she'll just pick out the meat and wont eat the vegetables.
But if i give her vegetables and no meat she will eat the vegetables lol.
But then some nights she wont even eat either!
Im not sure what to do as i want her to eat the solid food i dont want to blend it all together as some people have told me to do that.
Anyone else having the same problem?

Julie - posted on 08/23/2010

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I have 4 children range from 14 to 5, and another on the way,,,i have 2 that love fruit and veggies and i have 1 that will only eat watermelon or red grapes raw celery and carrots and green beans only, then my other he eats only cantaloupe and peas,, Ive tried to get them to eat more but the fight is just to much for everyone to sit down and have a nice meal all together.....I have added vitamins with extra veggies and fruits in them that you can buy at a health food store but they are way more expensive then having them try one day and then try again a few days later....One day they will like it, you have to remember also that children's tastes buds are extremely sensitive to foods, what may taste good to use will be 10 times magnified to them....

Courtney - posted on 08/23/2010

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I simply don't give them choices,they eat what is served and I stand firm when I say NO

Charlena - posted on 08/23/2010

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my daughter loves healthy food , its mainly my fault im always too lazy to cook , but she got sick from all the greasy foods we were eating so i snapped out of it and got my s*&% together .

Rachel - posted on 08/23/2010

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This is one thing that I can safely say is true... they always do what they see. If you don't eat it don't expect that they will. My daughter was a little picky, then she spent some time with her cousins on vacation and now will eat everything on her plate. I still tell her when she eats this she will get big and string like her sister. Someone they look up to can be a big help and you can tell them that when they eat healthy they wll get like whoever(daddy). Don't give in, hold your ground and make it fun!

Rachel - posted on 08/23/2010

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You've given into them and so they have the upper hand. Children will test you in every aspect and once they get away once wtih something they will always try to get away with whatever. Being a mom is all about strategising, you need a new strategy.Try fresh fruit juices if they wont eat the fruit and also try to give them the veggies a little at a time. If they don't eat then take away something they like to do or eat...no ice cream if you don't eat your veggies! That helps. Also try to talk to them, they understand things when you talk to them and you might get a different result.

Angi - posted on 08/22/2010

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My kids are currently going through a "we hate veggies" stage; neither of them will eat very many veggies. Same with fruits, though my son eats enough apples to start his own apple grove. ^_^

Still, I prepare & offer it to them, & encourage them to try it. and sometimes they discover they do like it.

Heather - posted on 08/22/2010

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I have touble getting my daughter to eat well. She is very picky and prefers to stick to the same specific foods. Although I do make her at least take one bite of veggies at dinner, so she at least will try it.

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My son eats everything i put on his plate unless dad is in the room and my son sees that daddy isn't eating his veg so why should i is what he thinks.

I make a lot of pasties with veg in it... I have trouble with getting my son to eat fruit at home. He'll eat it at day care with all the other kids but same as what i said before; if daddy doesn't eat it my son won't eat it. (so annoying)

Kera - posted on 08/22/2010

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My son is now two and his thoughts about eating vegetables is that mummy must eat it first and then he will do the same. he however loves his fruits and is likes apples best. So i am guessing that it may be helpful if you make the experience of eating veggies fun they will be more accepting of it.

Keri - posted on 08/22/2010

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Another thing I like to do when my daughter becomes picky (on occasion) is remind her that carrots make her eyes sparkle like cinderella and the bread crust makes her hair shine like glitter and the cauliflower will make her nails grow faster and etc etc

Keri - posted on 08/22/2010

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I don't have any problems with mine eating healthy either. They have always loved fruit and veggies and always ask for seconds at dinnertime! If your child is a little older and can understand the sticker system you can make a chart and choose 5 healthy foods that they wont eat each week. Every day you give them 1 of the disliked foods (small portion) and have them eat it. After they eat it they get a sticker on whatever food they ate. After they have tried that food 30 times and they still don't like it, move on. Not everyone likes everything! Also reward them for eating it an extra cookie at snacktime or an extra turn to pick the movie or game for family night. According to a dietitian I know it takes approximately 30 tries before your taste buds become accustomed to a new food!!

Aby - posted on 08/21/2010

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My 3yr. old daughter will pretty much eat almost anything that is put in front of her most of the time or atleast she use to, but lately, she's getting to be even more perticular on the things that her body consumes. I often wonder if she's like that while she's at the daycare, but I haven't stopped to ask them yet, but I will very soon. Also, my son takes medications and I sometimes think that alot of the reason that he is such an extremely PICKY eater is because of some of the medications that he is taking, but I just cann't prove it. He's just been this way for sooo long now, that there really is no way to prove that, you know. Sometimes, I can give my son a plate with things cheese pizza or cut up pork chops on it and he might eat that, but if it's a vegetable, you can forget it. It just isn't happening. I've tried all kinds of things to get him to eat them. Getting him to dip them in ketchup and all kinds of other things, but he just won't have it. Any suggestions?

Caitlin - posted on 08/21/2010

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My daughter is 19 months old and has always been a picky eater however I never had a problem with her eating fruits or veggies, she actually loves them. But she also loves the junk food and some how she always finds it. but I like the gerber graduates, they have snacks and entrees that are really healthy and kids love them.

Kim - posted on 08/20/2010

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My son and youngest daughter used to eat everything I put in front of them. My son was even turning orange with all the carrots and squash! Then they both stopped. My middle child never ate food well but she is starting to be a little more adventurous but the other 2 will not touch veggies. They will say they will eat fruits but i buy them and they go to waste because all of a sudden they "don't like it" even though the last time they ate it they loved it. I don't know what to do. Even when I make fresh foods, meats they want processed chicken nuggets, hot dogs and mac and cheese, sigh. At least I do buy Perdue chicken nuggets they seem more healthy.

Tatiana - posted on 08/20/2010

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I don't really get why children don't eat healthy. Child can eat only what you give him/her. Is that true? My child also regulary tries to skip meal and eat only sweets, but I just tell her that she doesn't get ANYTHING before she eats her meal. I think when children are hungry they will eat anything, we just feel bad when our kids don't eat when we think they should. They are not going to suffer if they skip a dinner or a lunch sometimes. (naturally there are cases of some organic intolerance of some food but I don't talk about that.) IMHO, not saying somebody is doing something wrong, just really curious.

Crissy - posted on 08/20/2010

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My son is a picky eater and he won't eat three FULL meals a day. He picks at his food and snacks throughout the day but he never eats a full meal. He refuses to eat anything green, I even tried the broccoli with cheese, he sucked the cheese off and stuffed the broccoli in a cup to the side.

Shelita - posted on 08/20/2010

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I can only get my 2 year old son to eat veggies when I pair them with chicken nuggets. He flips for them then.

Lydia - posted on 08/20/2010

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My son gets his pickiness from his step-dad. He follows his queue step by step. So no casserole, no canned fish, certain meats are out, and he just hates veggies (unlike Daddy J). I had to put my foot down and tell him, "Son, you are 6. Trying new foods is fun. Eat two bites and if you still don't like it you can stop. But you'll try it next time." I just make it part of the regular rotation and eventually he'll eat it. He told me the other day, "Mom, I love this stuff. Why didn't you make it before?" HAHA Glad he has a short memory! My daughter is the opposite. She'll eat anything I put in front of her, but she doesn't like meat very much. I try to give her snacks throughout the day, and she won't do it. She's a 3 big meals a day girl. :) But she's healthy and at a normal weight! Almost 2 and 26 lbs. :)

Stephanie - posted on 08/20/2010

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When my oldest was born we started giving her fruit and telling her it was better than sugar. On her 1st birthday we wanted her to eat her cake, but she touched it and tasted it and didn't want anything to do with it, so much so, that she kept saying "sticky dirty, want clean"
She instead had a bowl of strawberries with 1 scoop of ice cream with her candle in it.

We started both of my girl off eating healthy, no canned veggies, low sodium stuff, everything fresh or frozen. My children will choose a veggie tray over candy any day, and I'm quite proud of them for that. Now, don't get me wrong they look forward to holidays for candy canes and chocolate, but they aren't allowed more than 3 pieces a day for a week after Halloween. Anything left is given to family members.
I have to give my fiance` credit though, he got me into fresh foods, because my mother always bought canned vegetables, and it made a tremendous difference!

Prudence - posted on 08/20/2010

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I have an almost one year old boy...and they just eat food... but i have never given him anything that's not fruit or vege and if he didnt like it the first time i just kept giving it to him first before something he liked and he eventually got used to it. Takes persistence.

Lisa - posted on 08/20/2010

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One of the most difficult jobs we have. We just have to hang in there and just keep serving the healthy food and they eventually start to like it.

LaShundra - posted on 08/19/2010

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I dont have a problem with my daughter eatin healthy, she pretty much eats everything. My son on the other hand, is so picky he makes want to scream. I have no problem with him eating fruits but when it comes to vegetables thats a totally different subject. Whenever I cook I always try to cook a veggie or two on the side. Even if I cook chicken tenders I will have corn, green beans or mashed potatoes and he wont eat anything. I even try to put ketchup on them and he still wont eat it, and he loves ketchup. I really wish/hope his eating habits change.

Danielle - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son doesn't like certain vegetables. He is still young but my plan is to give him CarotoMax and FlavoMax from Shaklee to bridge the gap for lack of nutrients. So he'll get the benefits of vegetables without having to force it down his throat. You can check out the two products on http://edb.myshaklee.com/us/en/category....

For more information email me at edb.shaklee@yahoo.com

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