I cannot get my two year old to eat any meats!!!

Jacqueline - posted on 06/27/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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The only meat i can get my son to eat is chicken nuggets! Ive tried putting things he likes on different meats to get him to eat them, i tried hiding it in other things but nothing works! What can i do!

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Tara - posted on 07/01/2010

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dont feed him/hermeat then... probably knows whats best!



have u tried tofu? or any sort of meat alternatives?



we dont eat meat (except on occasion...)

my kids enjoy eggs, nuts, seeds, nut butters, cheese, yogurt...



dont worry about meat if you can find aprotein alternative that works,

I feel like children know whats good for their body (if not fed a lot of sweets, fats and other crap)



hoep it all works out :-)

Pauline - posted on 07/01/2010

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Don't give it to him. I'd keep offering but don't force it. He doesn't need meat. My 3 year old rarely eats meat. I bet he'd like chicken nuggets but he's never had one(as in a processed chicken nugget). If these are the processed kind, maybe you could make some real ones with chicken breast and breading. It'll be better for him and maybe get him to eat other chicken meals. Those processed ones really don't taste like real chicken.

Jackie - posted on 06/30/2010

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I take meat (chicken and beef) and stick it in a food chopper to basically shred it...then I stir it in with my daughters pasta, works like a charm. I do that with veggies too.

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Sheri - posted on 07/02/2010

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Have you tried meats with ketcup or bbq sauce. my son never ate meat until one day i put bbq sauce on his steak and he loved it....now as long as there is bbq sauce on it he will eat any kind of meat....even salmon....

Gretchen - posted on 06/30/2010

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Kids and adults can have a healthy, balanced diet without meat at all. Just work on adding other proteins (peanut butter, beans, soy products, grains, etc.) and don't worry about the lack of meat.

Erin - posted on 06/30/2010

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Those meat sticks do look nasty but they are made specifically for toddlers so you may want to try them. They're by Gerber, Gerber also makes little toddler meals My son used to like the one with turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

Julie - posted on 06/28/2010

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I think that the processing of chicken into nuggets makes them easier to bite into and chew. Other processed meats to try would be sausage, lunch meats, meatballs and try crumbled up meat in casseroles. With my son, I think the meat is totally a texture/ease of chewing thing.

Oh, someone makes baby meat sticks or something like that ... they are soft, but I found them revolting. My son didn't seem to like them at all and I was glad not to buy them again.

Christy - posted on 06/28/2010

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Meat is harder to chew at that age...try hotdogs, lunch meat, etc to get him to eat.

Erin - posted on 06/28/2010

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I say give him his chicken nuggets. Does he eat peanut butter and eggs? If so great! Cheese is also a great source of protein. My son isn't a fan of meat really either he will only eat cold cut ham and cold cut turkey. As long as he's getting sources of protein I wouldn't worry much. Give meat a break and try it in a few months. Sometimes we just need to keep reintroducing foods to toddlers before they enjoy them. Just never say "he doesn't like that."

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