What do you feed your toddlers?

Clare - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 74 moms have responded )

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My daughter is getting to be very picky. We try and give her what we're eating, but half the time she hates it. Although everyday is different. She is allergic to egg, so we have to watch what we give her. What do you feed your kids? We've done grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, spaghetti (she likes that), hotdogs (those are so so), chicken (she likes that).

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Bethanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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I would rethink those Gerber Meals. For one, their expensive for what you get, disgusting tasting and are not very nutritious. They are loaded with things I don't want my son eating. My son pretty much eats everything, though he has a tendency to reject some veggies. For this, I grind them up small in my food processor and mix them in with things so he can't tell that they are threre. His favorite foods are: Hebrew National 97% Fat Free All Beef Hotdogs, Annie's All Natural Mac N Cheese or homemade, grilled cheese with velveeta or shredded cheddar on whole grain bread (I've also added shredded cooked carrots in with the cheese and he loved it!), quesadillas, almond butter and All Fruit spread (apricot, seedless raspberry, orange marmalade) sandwiches, Kashi Waffles with All Fruit Spread or whipped Cream cheese, Scrambled eggs with cheese (I've snuck in chopped brocolli, too), Quinoa with veggies, and any kind of fruit. He can be picky sometimes with meat, too but I don't worry about that too much because he gets iron and protein from other sources too. We limit beef intake (I use Ground Buffalo if beef is called for), eat a lot of chicken, ground turkey, some fish (when I can find a healthful and tasty way to make it and my husband will eat it!), pork, brown rice (occassionally white rice, but it doesn't do very good things for your waistline or blood sugar), Quinoa, everything whole grain, etc. Some "preboxed" snacks my son enjoys are the Annies Brand Cheddar Bunnies and Chocolate Graham Bunnies (All Natural, minimal sugar), Barbras Bakery Animal Cookies (All Natural), Veggie Chips and Straws, Toddler Mum Mums and some of the Revolution Foods products that are great while on the road. He drinks Organic Milk, lots of water and minimal juice. I consider juice a treat, so he gets only 100%, no sugar added, All Natural kind (R.W. Knudsen brand is great!). Sorry if I rambled a bit!

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our daughter is given what the rest of the family eats. i think its always a little trickier when you have an allergy to contend with and if the child is given different meals from everyone else i think this can compound fussy behaviour. but an egg allergy doesnt mean you are restricted in terms of a wide range of food. for instance; meatballs dont need egg to bind them in my experience. my daughter eats pork, fish, chicken, risotto, pizza, indian food (without too much spice and add plain yoghurt) well you name it. she's never eaten 'baby or toddler food' from about 7mths. there are days when she eats less than others. its perfectly normal. my advice is to reduce the snacks between meals that she is given, eat with her, no pudding unless her meal has been eaten and dont fuss.

Melissa - posted on 04/07/2010

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sounds like bethanie lundgren is one of those health freeks that are so pathetic

i fix all kinds of stuff for my daughter & if she dont eat it then she dont get anything else
you eat what i fix or nothing at all & i do love the graduate meals they are more healthy for the toddlers than our kind of food that we eat. & my daughter loves them as well. & if you try going to different stores they have different kinds than the other store. my daughter of course alwayz goes for her veggies be4 her main dish but she does eat some of her main course & if she says shes done i tell her your not getting anything else. & she also loves loves homemade fruit juice as well.

Jessica - posted on 04/06/2010

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Have you tried "pigs in a blanket"? A friend told me to use Lil Smokies and Cresent Rolls. I use the whole bag of Smokies and a can of Cresent Rolls. Break pieces and streach out the dough to have enough for all the Smokies. My son LOVES them and I can make the whole pack and put them in the fridge for later.

Rachel - posted on 04/06/2010

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My son is 22 months, he won't eat anything but cheese, cheerios, bananas, apples chicken nuggets (the 100% all natural), mac&cheese (we get the Annies too) and these hot dogs that are made from angus beef (no nitrites or nitrates). Kudos to those of you who have veggie eaters. He won't even eat pizza or spaghetti anymore.
My four year old will eat almost anything (she even ate a philadelphia sushi roll)
It's very strange to have one who won't eat anything and one who will eat everything.
We offer him what we're having at each meal, but I'm not going to force my 22 month old to go hungry because he won't eat what I want him to. It's normal for toddlers to be picky....

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Kirsten - posted on 06/08/2010

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avoid ready made to much salt. It is common for children to become suspicious of food at around 2 years old. try things like fish fingers full of goodness with the gunk food look most kids like. When my son got funny with food we started giving him dip, then every meal was fun he could dip his food make a mess etc.. And soup he loves putting bread in his soup.

Serene - posted on 06/04/2010

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Bethanie that is a good idea i have done that once and he still refused it. Maybe i should try it again.

Bethanie - posted on 06/04/2010

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Serene: If my son won't eat something, I save it and make him eat it again the next day for lunch. :) That way I don't feel bad about throwing away fresh food. Once it's been warmed back up a few times, I know it's time to toss it if he hasn't eaten it, but usually, he'll eat it (or some of it) the following time!

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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ohh same here i dont make meals for each of us she eats what i cook or if we were out like when she has Gymnastics Thursday & Friday's i usually fix her a Graduate Meal. or if we are somewhere & its dinner time then i give her a lil snack to hold her til we get home.

but i try not to go anywhere during her feeding times & nap time

Serene - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son is a picky eater but, i do not cook a special meal for him. He eats what i eat, and if he doesn't like it then he must not be hungry. If he gets up from the table and runs off and plays i give him a chance to come back and finish up his dinner. If he doesnt then i throw it away. I'm not going to make seperate meals all of the time then he'll expect it all of the time.

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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ohh ok. im not sure if shes going to like it my daughter only gets 2 snacks a day but she does tend to want to eat with everyone in the home total of 7 including me but she dont eat much at a time.

i try to jus keep her on a schedule & she does stay on it but she wants to eat with everyone & shes still porportional with weight & height

ohh ok. yea i try to do just 100% Juice but i still dilute her juice with half water. i wish i would have bout that juicer thing off tv, where you put the whole apple cucumber whatever in it. & i try to make her juices all the time i havent lately b/c havent had the money to buy all the different kinds of fruits.

ima try making her a fresh mango juice 2morrow
& try giving her celery & carrot sticks the week coming

Bethanie - posted on 06/03/2010

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Melissa: My son isn't a fan of raw veggies. He has some issues with texture. He does love cooked carrots. I've put shredded cooked carrots in with his grilled cheese before or in a quesadilla and he loved that. I give him organic ketchup (because it's low in sugar and is just tomatoes and water really) or sometimes ranch for dipping things into. I don't do too many snacks though because he has a tendency to eat a lot at his meals. As far as the juice goes, something to keep in mind, Organic doesn't mean healthier. They still make Organic junk food! ;) Look for something 100% juice and that says no sugar added. The fruits in it make it sweet enough.

Melissa - posted on 06/02/2010

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now what i didnt do with my daughter that i wish i did is made all her foods & i plan to do that whenever i do have another child which will be years is what i say inless the lord says different.



Bethanie do you give your son snack size celery & carrotts ? if so do you put anything on them or have a lil somethin for him to dip them in. i really want to try doing that with my daughter but not sure if she will like celery i know she likes cooked carrotts



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also one day in toys r us they had this water on sale .98 cents for like 10 or 12 juice boxes. well it was organic flavored water & had 10 grams of sugar in it i was like i thought this was suppose to be organic & it has sugar in it

Melissa - posted on 06/02/2010

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i am healthy & at the weight i should be & do excercise everyday walking 4 miles a day at the dam 2 miles to the end & 2 miles back to my car on the other side lol & i also walk my daughter to the zoo everyday & we dont ride the tram down to the zoo part from the garden area & thats like a mile or more & double that b/c we walk back as well.

Bethanie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Sara: I'm not just concerned about Organic but also that my son is eating REAL food. Not something that was pressed and preformed in a factory. Just analysis on ONE of those kids cuisine meals is here: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/meals...
Has more trans fats then the alloted daily amount for an ADULT and has more sodium then the Gerber meals. A heavy handed amount on the sugar, saturated fat and calories as well. Giving up and giving your child what they always want (which is usually not the healthy option) is not doing them any favors. They will continue to make bad food choices. Just my opinion though, of course. And sure Melissa, you're still alive but how will your health be in say 5-10 years? Food is a choice that impacts your future not just the here and now. Guess I'm weird cause I'm passionate about this. :)

Melissa - posted on 05/31/2010

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my daughter is very active & also takes gymnastics 2 times a week im not concerned with whats in the foods we eat b/c nothing has ever happened to us & we still alive.

Melissa - posted on 05/31/2010

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My daughter eats really good & she loves all types of hispanic/latin foods as she is half hispanic/latino. I try different stuff with her all the time & she like the stuff. yesterday we were at the flea market at our extened family table & my daughter wanted a piece of mango but we had this hot stuff on it. so i cut a piece without the hot stuff & she liked it & she wanted the hot stuff on heres. she loves water (i only give her the infant water with fluoride in it) be4 she turned a year old i used any bottle water but when she was 15 months old the dentist said to use the water with fluoride when she went for the 1st time.

i got chicken gizzards one day & she wanted one so i gave it to her & she loved it & wanted mas of them.
she loves empanadas too

Sara - posted on 05/30/2010

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Will probably get reamed for this by the organic people... but my daughter loves the Kid Cuisine frozen meals when she won't eat what we're eating. They have chicken nuggets, fish sticks, mac n' cheese, corn, pudding, pizza, all different kinds. they're like tv dinners but not like the Gerber ones and I am sure they don't have as much sodium.
My daughter is very picky right now. She won't eat any vegetable or fruit no matter how you present it to her. She's all about carbs and dairy right now. Starting to eat more meats but most of the time she just spits them back out after chewing it for a bit.

Kemi-Alicia - posted on 05/18/2010

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Here are options my very picky 23mth old eats (at the moment),

for breakfast-
*Bob's Red Mill 10 grain hot cereal and afterwards has a kids high potency antioxidant meal replacement mixed in a fruit smoothie I make with bananas, apple, strawberries, blue berries, pear, mango and any other fruit i get from my organic store with a shot of aloe vera.
*cheese on toast and scrambled eggs
*organic rolled oats

for lunch-
*rice with lentils cooked in chicken or veggie broth.
*cheese on pasta (any kind of pasta works for her, i change it up every other day)
*homemade stir-fried rice and vegetable
*mashed potatoes with cheese
* anything with rice works for her

with chicken or beef (boiled, baked or grilled),

for veggies, she's loving broccoli, corn and edemame beans and if i'm lucky, baked carrots (baking makes the carrot sweet)

for dinner- anything we have

for snacks- fruit slices (apples, strawberries blue berries etc), edemame beans, Nature's path Wholeo's (big hit), cheese slices and
for juice- watered down homemade smoothie, a drink we take called Essentials (contains EFAs) or just plain water.

when buying foods/snacks, it's always best to check sugar and sodium content, unfortunately a lot of things even for kids are very unhealthy.

Use alternatives to sugar where possible and always read labels.

Pamela - posted on 05/07/2010

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My kids (4 and 20 months) eat what we eat. We don't have any allergies to contend w/ which would probably change it a bit .. but I'm not making 4 different meals. My 4 yr old is a picky eater .. if she doesn't eat, that's her option and she knows it, she can try again next meal .... I'm not a gourmet cook so my meals are basic foods, nothing way out there that I'm asking them to try.

Jen - posted on 04/19/2010

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My kids eat what we eat at dinner. They don't always finish or like it, so at snack time later, I will make them peanut butter toast, or give them a bowl of cereal. This way they are getting something of substaince before bed. I pureed food we ate for my 1 year old instead of jar food and this has helped with her. Live and learn...that jar food is like nothing normal people eat. My 1 year old will eat or try anything. The 3 year old not so much...but he always seems to get full!! Keep trying different things, and eventually she will eat the things you eat.

Yvonne - posted on 04/18/2010

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I give my daughter honey wheat muffins with ham & cheese inside of it, bean and cheese burrito, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, hamburger patty with cheese only ( no bread) she doesnt like eating it like that lol, some alphabet soup w/ veggies, mac & cheese.
My daughter is a picky eater though which she wasnt like that before. Well Good Luck! :)

Stephanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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My daughter is allergic to soy and is a picky eater so I know what your going through. Are Philosophy is to think like cave people. she loves to eat meat if it's on a bone. Thought you do have to watch her carefully. we also bake are own bread and buy "real" food from the farmers market.

Lori - posted on 04/18/2010

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I give my daughter varied choices in one shot. Example. bite size roasted chicken, apple sauce, cheerios (dry), carrots (bite size), blueberries (bs), chopped broccoli, cup of milk and one with water. I have one of those plates with MUTIPLE size holders. She normally concentrates on two of these items after "tasting" them all. You may say too much food, but each portion is a tablespoon or a little more. Hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 04/18/2010

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It takes a child trying something serveral times to actually establish if they like it or not so keep trying new and healthy things. Also introduce new things with things she already likes as she will be more inclined to eat it! Good luck!

Jos - posted on 04/18/2010

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I have a fuss pot too, though she is gradually getting better is is very frustrating to see a photo of her eating mashed vegies & gravy at daycare when she wont touch it at home! Her fav meal is butter chicken & rice, speg bol & canned speg with toast - cant eat that all week though! And aloth she loves hot chips she will not eat potatoe in any other form - to the point that mashed spud snuck into her mouth made her gag & puke more than once. We had her to a pediatrician at one stage & the vertict was - she's a picky eater! lol She actaully looks at the plate, decised & then shakes her head & says NO! hehe Drives me mad but it is funny to watch! I do agree with the tomato sauce idea - she loves that on anything & I havn't heard of these Gerber meals so no input there I'm sorry. I have noticed she dosn't seem to need as much food at the moment, I also noticed her 2 year molars coming in early so thats a factor too for us. Hang in there & don't give up, I bet give it a few years they will eat everything (with my son I found with age came the ability to reason & talk though why its good to try new foods!) Good Luck!

Stefanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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my son is kind of picky too but he will eat diced/cooked carrots, applesauce(all the flavors), pears, peaches, pineapple...pretty much all fruit, sometimes he will eat green beans, sweet potatoes, spaghetti, bread, turkey dogs, chicken nuggets, crackers, waffles, pancakes, rice, pizza and aunt annies fruit snacks. The weirdest thing about him is that he LOVES my lean cuisines! I eat them for lunch a few times a week and he begs me for it! lol He refuses to eat those gerber graduate meal things so whatever. Oh he loves cheese too. If there is a day he is being particularly picky I just add some carnation instant breakfast to his milk to make sure he is getting all the nutrients he needs. He is going through a growth spurt right now though so he has been eating a lot!

Erin - posted on 04/17/2010

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my daughter eats veggies and fruit so well I am so pleased she is helping me eat better
awsome she is a great eater

Brenda - posted on 04/17/2010

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My daughter is a really good eater. She started solids at 3 months and on her first xmas 9she was 6 months) she sat up in her chair and ate what we were all having. She eats what we are having. The only thing shes not keen on is green beans and peas but i still put them on her plate. sometimes they get eaten but mostly they dont.
I have never brought 'toddler/kids' meals. I just think they taste terrible.
I really feel sorry for those of you who have picky eaters. I know we are very lucky.
Hugs
xxx

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010

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My daughter will try anything & everything we eat. She likes hamburger helper, loves spaghetti, likes chicken enchiladas, she loves mexican food (anything spicy... crazy kid). We've gotten to the point where she'll happily try anything once but after that she decides: eat or spit out. Opportunity is the best way to learn. :-) Good luck!

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Everything! Emma has had everything from fried eggs on cheese toast to calamari ... but can't find anything she really won't eat. She does have consistency issues - she'll only eat grits when they are thicker. She won't eat a hot dog in a bun, but loves them without. We find that allowing her to try anything and everything helps to expand her tastes. Some kids are just finicky eaters (I was!) - she'll get better! Good luck!

Angela - posted on 04/16/2010

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I'm having the same issue with my daughter -- she is getting pickier, and what she will or won't each changes literally daily. I've had a lot of luck making up smaller portions of a few different kinds of vegetables (carrots, peas, broccoli, green beans) and rotating them in over a few days. She'll usually eat at least one of them. When she gets really picky, I chop them up really small and mix them into her favorite foods like mac-n-cheese (Annie's or homemade), quesadillas, grilled cheese, brown rice (Trader Joe's has a great EASY frozen organic brown rice), couscous, quinoa, etc. She also really loves some lentils I've been making lately that are SO simple ... 1 c. chopped carrots, 1 c. chopped celery, 1/4 c. chopped onion, 3 c. lentils (rinsed), 3 c. vegetable stock/broth -- saute veggies first just to soften, add lentils and broth, bring to boil then reduce to simmer for 15-20 min. until lentils are just tender. Also, don't hesitate to try things that you wouldn't typically think of a toddler eating ... mine loves avocado, salsa (mild, of course), and hummus. She has also recently discovered "dipping" so I give her organic hummus or guac or salad dressing for her veggies (even the cooked ones).

Lina - posted on 04/15/2010

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Jessica,

What is the brand of meatballs from Sam's club? I've heard these are great but haven't been able to find them.

Susan - posted on 04/15/2010

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We have been using "Simply Homemade" here in the Chicago suburbs (there's also Dream Dinners and Super Suppers in other parts of the country too) and it has made dinner so easy every day. We usually just cut up whatever we have for dinner and if she eats it, great, otherwise, we don't stress about it if she's had a good breakfast or lunch or is overall eating well all day. A toddler's stomach is about the size of his or her fist, so they don't need to eat much for it to be "enough." We always give her an egg product for breakfast (egg-white quiche, scrambled eggs, omelet, etc.) and for lunch she gets breaded fish fillets or chicken nuggets or peanut butter on whole-grain crackers or cream cheese on whole-grain crackers. And she gets fresh fruit all day long. We love the Revolution Foods, and Plum Organics, and Ella's Kitchen fruit purees. They are great for the car, for her stroller, for vacations, or just anytime when she wants a fresh fruit that we don't have in the house (100% organic fruit puree, nothing else added). For snacks, she gets mozarrella or colby-jack cheese sticks or the Annie's Brand bunnie cracker mix or yogurt. Everything that is only for her is organic and all of our dairy is organic (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, cream cheese). And she only drinks milk and water, no juice or or anything else sweet. Sometimes I pop in a caffeine-free, herbal tea bag into her water to add some flavor (but no sugar or sweeteners, so it's just flavored water) and she thinks that's great. Hope that helps!

Melissa - posted on 04/15/2010

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I read in a book to give one thing they like when your trying something new. My son loves green beans but doesn't like many other vegetables; so i try and put vegetables in things. Example: he likes mashed potatoes w/ gravy. I'll steam carrots and mash them into the gravy. He also likes vegetable lasagna w/ white sauce. You could do the same with the spaghetti sauce she likes. It's just a matter of trying different things. Collin loves fruit (apples,oranges,cantelope,grapes,strawberries,bananas); sausage and hotdogs and fishsticks and beans which is good protein. You can even cook the beans till real tender to mash into gravy and do the steamed vegetables in the gravy.

Chansa - posted on 04/15/2010

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my son eats pretty much what we eat as well except he still also enjoys his baby porridges like purity and cerelac so i try to balance between our food and that so that he doesn't feel i'm forcing him to eat "grown-up food" only. it has worked so far though at times he refuses completely and says "mummy make porridge". i guess if you find something she likes, give her more of that but also balance so she has a balanced diet.

Michelle - posted on 04/14/2010

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I'll admit I didn't read all the posts so I may be repeating but my kids (1 & 3) are super picky. Neither one likes any meat...occasional chicken nuggets at a restaurant but that's rare. They do both love the MorningStar Farms products! Their Chik'N nuggets are their favorites and they like 90% of the other products too. I'm not a meat-eater myself so it's easy for me to share the soy stuff. There's a new brand Gardein that's VERY good too! For breakfast Amila, their new favorite are Earth's Best Organic mini waffles...they have cookie monster on the box which doesn't hurt and they're 100% organic, no preservatives - so for a frozen breakfast they're not totally awful

Amila - posted on 04/14/2010

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I have the exact same problem. My son is 22 months. He is not a breakfast person. I am losing my mind on what to give him in the morning. He doesnt like eggs, toast ...Sometimes cream cheese on a little bun. But thats pretty much all. I am in need of help :(

Leeanne - posted on 04/13/2010

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Our kids eat what we eat - sometimes with kid friendly alterations like cheese or sauce added. Dont fall into the trap of cooking two meals because you will have to do it forever. I would try to stay away from only dishing up what you know she will eat (ie loads of processed foods like nuggets and hot dogs) as she will get to the point she will only eat those things - we have nephews who will only eat subway when they are away from home which is VERY rude when you go out for tea.
Just think, "would I eat that every day?" if they answer is no, dont serve it to your kids everyday. Healthy food doesnt have to be boring.
My kids like rice and curry, pasta, rice with quinoa, cous cous with veges etc with their meal - all these things can be part of your own every day meals without comprimising what you enjoy and your kids get healthy, easy to prepare food the whole family can enjoy and you only cook 1 meal.

Tara - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter eats better if she gets to dip things herself...small bites of bagel that she dips into cream cheese, cooked carrots and green beans that she dips into ranch dressing, quesadilla that she dips into refried beans, baked potato wedges that she dips into sour cream, banana that she dips into peanuttbutter... If it's a dip that's not that healthy for her we give her very little. As long as there's a small visible sign of 'dip' smeared on her plate she's happy to eat- most of the time.

Sandra - posted on 04/12/2010

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Puff I think is all about luck.. the same with the sleeping, mine has always been such a bad sleeping at night but he has always eaten everything, the only thing is that if we all eat at the same time he wants to make sure that he is eaten the same thing.... he tries our food to make sure it looks the same and taste the same :) so I have to cook the same thing for him without salt and spices in a small pan.....

Clare - posted on 04/11/2010

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Have you tried meatballs or pancakes if she likes something a little sweeter and put grated veggies in them. My daughter likes to look like she's eating it all then spits it out and then sometimes has another go at eating the pre-chewed stuff.

Kelly - posted on 04/11/2010

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I swear by Annabel Carmel books. My daughter is a twin and her brother will eat anything he is given (all fresh mind you) but my daughter is very picky. I tend to make spaghetti bolognaise but blend the vegetables down so as to hide them in the food. She also likes fresh chicken strips rolled in cornflakes and lightly grilled or fried. Another hit would be tomato (passata) and mascapone cheese with a little bit of fresh basil poured over cooked pasta. That one is a sure fire hit with my little girl and she loves it.

Cassie - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son eats anything...which I guess is good because he does eat all veggies so that is good. I also tried those gerber meals, but my son only wanted what we the adults were eating. We also reward him for eating all his food with a dessert which is usually a pudding cup or a jello cup.

Bethanie - posted on 04/09/2010

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Jeri: I get annie's in the all natural/organic foods section in Fred Meyer. I've tried the kind with the powdered cheese and it wasn't that great but we like the creamy one that is the equivalent to the Kraft Velveeta kind, but better.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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We feed our daughter everything, brussel sprouts, Thai food, etc. We always have in the hopes that she would like all food.
Lately she, too, has been getting picky. I think it's kind of a phase? So we still feed her whatever we are eating. If she doesn't eat a lot we will get her something else. But usually when she sees us eating it she wants to, also.

Plus, that has made us eat better. We know that whatever we have, we are also giving her the same thing.

Good luck!

Alison - posted on 04/09/2010

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I find Annies at Whole Foods and my local grocery stores.
What we do at dinner time is that the kids get a little bit of everything we are eating, they don't have to eat it, but by the time my husband and I finish eating they will typically find something on their plates to eat no matter how loudly they complained before the meal.

Jeri - posted on 04/08/2010

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Where do you get this Annie's mac & cheese? Any healthy recipe ideas for a 22 month old? PLEASE HELP SHE IS SUPER PICKY!

Sheree - posted on 04/08/2010

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I usually ask her to choose what she wants and limits it to at least 2 options. She will say she wants something, in fact, at times she will come and ask me for stuff and then when she sits, she starts to play. She pretends to be cooking...and then all goes down hill. She also goes grocery shopping with me and I try to excite her with things she likes to eat so when we get home and I am unpacking, I let her see where I am storing them. I hope it is just a phase. My mother in law gives her chunks of butter from the butter knife to eat! so at home I try to limit butter because I do not want to feed her butter. She likes rice but then when I give it to her, she wants it white with no addition, so I tried that. She then starts to ask for something else... it is challenging but I will try involving her more. She loves when I wow her and tell her she is a big girl eating so well and stuff so that is another strategy I am trying. Thanks for the suggestions...

Tina - posted on 04/08/2010

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You might want to try to include her in picking out her own food. Flip through a receipe book with pictures see if she responds to it. You could have her pick out some things in the store, give her the choice. Hold up two things let her pick. Let her help a little in the kitchen. My son is very picky, but when I include him, he seems to want to eat more. You can't do this all the time, but it is a start. Also, try to push dinner back 30 minutes (if you have a normal time) She might not be hungry just yet and when you eat, don't make a big deal. put the plate in front of her and enjoy your meal, make sure that she hears you enjoy. "MMMMMM this is so good" These are some of the things that we do. Some times they work, every day is different.

Sheree - posted on 04/08/2010

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My daughter is very picky with her food now, she was a fantastic eater until a month or two ago. I cook: meat, carb and veggies make up or main meal. She eats well if she is in the mood. I am trying to add pediasure to her diet, she still take enfamil, now enfagrow. I think when she has been introduced to fast food by my mother in law and now she asks for things like fries and pizza. She gave her pizza for breakfast! I am hoping to get her back to her old eating habits. I tried the gerber meals and she is not interested either.

Christina - posted on 04/08/2010

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we adopted our oldest in August. He was 14 months at the time and hadn't been eating full solids yet. It was hard, but he's doing really well. It's really wierd, but one of his favorite snacks is avocado. It's soft and tasty. He also loves soup.....cracker soup to be exact. LOL. Those are his favorites....oh, and chicken.

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