Good meal ideas!
Angela - posted on 04/03/2010
Definitely sneaking vegetables into the meals by mashing them or pureeing them is the best way to get it into them. I have to do that with my son. He doesn't like to eat meat except chicken nuggets, but I make my own with chicken breasts and I don't have all of that breading on them. I use the squash in the mac and cheese and I also will put mashed cauliflower in the mashed potatoes. If he eats pizza I will hide pureed veggies such as carrots, in the pizza sauce and spread it on his "personal" pizza. It is not uncommon for toddlers to be picky. But it's ok because as long as you don't give up and also understand that toddlers palates are used to soupy, and milky consistencies and now by introducing actual food, sometimes the texture of the food is simply the turn off. Plus toddlers usually have a huge gag reflex issue and gag everytime it's something they don't like.
Yogurt is a good option for dairy, cottage cheese , string cheese, of course the cheerios and healthy cereals are still good for snacks and finger foods. But don't by the trix yogurt and "kids" yogurt as it's loaded with sugar and crap. You can take vanilla or plain yogurt and add fresh or thawed berries, bananas, all kinds of things to make them like it.
Lastly, a good vegetable that cooks well and is very healthy but many people won't try are eggplants, slice and clean it, bake it with olive oil and salt and puree it and hide in his food as well. My daughter loved it and then she fell in love with brussel sprouts because they were tiny and she could eat them with her fingers.
Rose - posted on 04/03/2010
here are a few ideas..if they like noodles (from a soup) drain the broth fast for lunch!! works great!! chef boyardee is also good they have the little cups! anything that we have for dinner that my son really likes i will toss it into a toddler bowl and freeze it. Find what your kids love, sometime you just have to deal with fussy eaters and make 2 meals :( MAKE EATING FUN! try making silly faces with the veg on the plate, or let the kids help a little bit making/serving food. hope this helps a little
Lea - posted on 03/31/2010
My 2 year old is getting his second set of molars and all he will eat is PB&J and Stoneyfield Organic Whole Milk Yogurt with fruit and cereal puree. He also eats canned peaches and fresh strawberries, and I give him V8 juice because hes always loved veggies but they hurt him too much to eat right now.
Jessica - posted on 03/30/2010
Two suggestions...but one comes from the other. "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessican Sinefeld. She encourages you to create veggie purees and mix them in the everday food that kids love. She has a receipe for Mac and Cheese...but I just use the box stuff with her secret. I mix yellow squash in with the mac & cheese at the end. She actually likes it better that way. It's also helping for my husband too as he doesn't eat all that well either.
Rachelle - posted on 03/29/2010
My daughter is 22 months old. I simply have to ask her what she wants to eat sometimes. She goes through spells sometimes where all she will eat is rice, sausage, apple sauce, and carrots. I think the simpler the food, the better chance the child will eat it!
Bobbi - posted on 03/29/2010
I like to do homemade breakfast smoothies, or whole grain sweet toast (cinnamon and sugar mix) sprinkled on toast with yogurt butter
My son also loves chef boyardee spaghetti and meatballs.
Try a hot pretzel with a slice of cheese and mandarin oranges and a side of yogurt or applesauce too this is a good one.
I also like to sneak mashed veggies into mashed potatoes or a spread baked in a bread. My son is still not a huge meat eater but he will eat turkey hot dogs and chicken nuggets.
Adrienne - posted on 03/28/2010
I'm in the same boat as you with my 2.5 year old. The only way I can get him to eat veggies is by eating baby jarred veggies and he calls it "soup". Also everything he use to like he won't even take a bite out of it anymore and it gets to the point if I make him try to eat it he'll make himself puke it up.
My son rather eat sandwiches all day long instead of eating anything else. Fruit I have no problem getting him to eat that.
I did find a way for him to eat his spaghetti though, I taught him to go round and round on his fork and he loves it. I wish I could be more help but I'm in the same boat as you are.
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