Fussy Eaters

Yellowmom - posted on 02/03/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi there,

I have been having a lot trouble getting my 2 1/2 year old son to eat healthier. I know this is a common problem for all parents and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on what helps? Or any examples of solutions where they have achieved the impossible- of healthy eating for their kids. Any ideas for help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!

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Sarah - posted on 02/04/2015

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Kids can be sensitive to the strong flavors of some veggies. Don't expect him to flip like a switch and start gobbling them, it will be gradual. If you give him a choice, like carrots or peas, raw or cooked, he may feel more in control and willing to comply. Carrots, raw with a little ranch dip are a huge favorite in our house. You can shred carrots, spinach, zucchini, almost anything and sneak it into meatloaf, meatballs, and breads. Smoothies are a way to get them in too.
If you take him shopping with you, you can have him help choose which ones he wants, help clean them and try them raw and cooked. If you get regular carrots (not the baby size) wash and skin them with a peeler. Then using the same peeler, try to get a little bit thicker slice than the peelings and go from the top all the way down. It takes a little practice but you can make carrot curls, my kids would eat almost anything if it was fun to make or look at.
Now broccoli is a tough one, it has a very strong flavor and he may just not like it. Keep putting some on his plate, a piece raw and a piece cooked. Offer a little dip or cheese and he may try it eventually.
Kids don't have control over much and they CAN control what they will eat. So if he refuses, just let it go and keep offering with each meal. If he doesn't eat it, don't replace it with a treat. Once he realizes it isn't going to be a war, he may just surrender. Good Luck!

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I personally don't have that problem because from when my 13month old started the solids, I introduced the fruits and veggies. When I go food shopping, I don't buy any junk food. Because when my son is at home he eats healthy and when we go visiting everyone seems to give him junk food, so he still gets his fair share. So try minimising the amount of unhealthy food, tell them its good for them that if they eat it all they have desert or have what their having for a snack. so in other words use it as a treat. I hope its some sort of help.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2015

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Kids will eat before they starve but it is a drag to have a battle at every meal. I did the sneaky route and hid veggies in all sorts of foods. Limiting between meal snacking helped improve their appetite at mealtime. What are you having the most trouble with?

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Yellowmom - posted on 02/05/2015

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Nope, he is not allergic to anything so far. He just doesn't like veggies' taste.

Thank you

Augustina - posted on 02/04/2015

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Your child may have some gut related issues. Does he/she have food allergies?

Yellowmom - posted on 02/03/2015

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Hi Sarah,

Thank you for the reply. My kid just hates veggies. Sometimes when I ask him to eat some broccoli he just starts to scream. And also absolutely no carrots. It's easier to feed him veggies with leaves. Do you have any advice for feeding broccoli and carrots?

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