7 and 1 year old Eating Habits....HELP!

Amber - posted on 02/13/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )




Ok, so, my 1 year old son eats a TON of fruits, veggies, oatmeal, healthy foods. Granted I know I should be grateful that he eats so well, but I can't get him to eat meat. He will do so every great once in awhile, but it's just not enough.

My daughter, who is going to be 7, was the same way growing up, although she just refused to eat red meat. Now she barely eats any meat as well, but is real good on the fruits and vegetables stuff. Somehow she stopped eating egg yolks along the way too and will only eat egg whites. I tried to tell her that despite all the hullabaloo about egg whites being "healthier" they are in fact less healthy than the entire egg. It's the egg yolk that contains the protein you need to stay healthy. I'm afraid she is horribly anemic but we haven't been able to go get her tested yet, her dad thinks she is just fine.

I have no idea where my kids picked up this habit, especially my son. I do not eat vegetables of ANY kind, I absolutely love eating meat of almost any kind. My daughter learned to eat her vegetables through her dad and a pet lizard we had when she was younger. She just had to try all the things he was eating (aside from the bugs, I got in trouble with her dad for trying to offer her a meal worm LOL) But my son has nobody in his life, at least in a constant way that is heavily influential, that would make him not eat meat.

I've tried ketchup, steak sauce, soups, cheese, other sauces, different meat, etc. I'm at a loss.

My question is, how do I get my children to eat meat? Any meat whenever it is served? I had to take a nutrition class for my Culinary degree, and I was talking with my instructor, who is a professional nutritionist and dietician, etc, and even she's at a loss for how to make this happen after several things have been tried.


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Amber - posted on 02/13/2012




Well, my son is lactose intolerant, so I'm not sure exactly how much protein he's getting out of his milk. Neither of them like peanut butter, beans, etc. I'm just at a loss for how to get them that protein/iron without supplements. The infant drops cause Julien to smell terrible and Harmony can't swallow pills just yet and that's not something I want to push for any time soon either.

Julien won't eat eggs, and as I stated above, Harmony won't eat egg yolks which contain the protein. If it weren't for the fact that I feel Harmony is anemic, I wouldn't push the issue, and with Julien, I can wait a little bit longer and see if he'll grow out of it, I just don't want to see him anemic either. Harmony takes a vitamin every day so that does help a little bit, just not enough.

And LOL Teresa. Yeah I know I have TERRIBLE eating habits. That's why it's great that I see them eat the way they do sometimes. I've been working on my own habits though, more fruits, still won't touch vegetables though, they make me gag. :)

Amy - posted on 02/13/2012




As the other ladies have stated there are alternatives that can be offered that are great substitutes in protein. My 6 year old won't eat those so I keep giving him meat but as soon as he starts eating beans and peanut butter I will more then willing to cut the meat out of his diet.

I can offer this suggestion I feel like my son doesn't like meat because it can be somewhat tough to chew. He will eat meat that I make in the crock pot without complaining that he has to eat meat because it's so tender.

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There are many, many healthy people that never eat a bite of meat. You need protein, but that doesn't automatically have to come from meat. Dairy, nuts, and beans are just fine.

My son pretty much never took a bite of meat (rarely, but not much) until after he turned 2. I just kept offering him a couple of bites on his plate as well as all the other stuff that he WOULD eat and encouraged him to give it a try. Eventually... he did.

On the other hand, it's a good thing your kids are veggie eaters even w/out your good influence in that area. ;)

Medic - posted on 02/13/2012




Why push it??? I do not eat much meat and neither do my kids. My hubby could live off meat and potatoes. My kids eat a very well rounded diet without the meat.

Sherri - posted on 02/13/2012




Why push it, if they don't eat meat it isn't the end of the world or even a big deal. Just make sure they are getting protein in other ways such a p'nut butter, cheese, a multivitamin etc.

Katherine - posted on 02/13/2012




I would say as long as they are getting protein, not to worry about it. Maybe it's a phase?

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