My daughter is highly over weight. I need ideas of good healthy snacks, meals, ect. That my kids will actually eat!!!

Cheryl - posted on 04/06/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My daughter is almost 3 and she is very over weight. I need an outlet to get rid of the frozen nuggets, boxed noodles, and canned veggies! I try new healthy things, but usually it gets thrown on the ground with a frown! I'm on a tight budget and need good healthy food that my kids will actually eat. Especially my 3 year old, any other ideas on helping her loose weight would help also.


Liz - posted on 04/06/2013




Kids won't starve themselves, but your healthy alternatives will be thrown on the ground just as long as you keep giving her what she wants when she refuses to eat what goes in front of her.

The unhealthy foods need to go out of the house. If you are buying carbs, buy wholegrain. Wholegrain bread, wholegrain noodles, wholegrain rice. Offer cooked vegetables, fruit etc, but try not to offer too much that is totally new at any one meal. Pick which battle will be fought at a specific mealtime, but hold firm. Nothing else to eat if she doesn't eat what she has been given.

My daughter is a picky eater, but we are gradually leaving the phase behind by giving her healthy home-cooked meals, telling her that there is nothing else if she won't eat it and actually letting her go to bed with no dinner if that is her preference. The meal she didn't touch then goes in the fridge and gets reheated for the next day.

My grandmother kept on serving the same meal over and over to my mother and her siblings, despite how horrible it got, but then my mother grew up in a period of war time rationing. I only serve a refused meal once more after it has been refrigerated.

I would also assume that your daughter may attempt to raid cupboards for snacks, even at the age of 3, so be careful that there is nothing within her reach. You can keep a snack box of treats that are rationed out, one only per day IF she has been good and eaten all her healthy foods, but to start with be careful not to let her see where it is. Explain this rule about treats only being allowed if meals are finished...and expect to explain it a lot. Most kids are fairly quick to learn a rule if it is consistently followed however and this one is no exception.

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