What to feed my picky 9 year old

Tracey - posted on 06/02/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have a 9 year old son who has very picky eatting habits. How can I get him to try new foods?

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Anissa - posted on 06/03/2009

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sorry didnt get to finish.....Ex. tomatoes, eat them raw/fresh, then make ketchup, then make salsa, spagetti sauce and pizza sauce. Although it will bw harder now that he is older you could put a one bite rule in place. This is where everyone must try one bite (and swallow) of everything on their plate. And remember it takes trying something many times. Good luck! I have more tricks and info if you are interested let me know. I own and operate a child care so I work with many children.

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Kelley - posted on 02/24/2015

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I'm sorry, but puréed spinich or veggies in brownies?! Yuk. I think that tastes awful and I'm not a picky eater. My 8 yr old son however is. I've tried all kinds of things. I guess I envy these people that can get away with "hiding" the veggies in things. My son picks it out in a sec and won't eat it. I've become a short order cook I'm not proud of. He has a menu of about 10 items and carrots and celery are the only veggies he will eat. And only 3 fruits that I know of. Think I've tried them all with him. It's really discouraging. Others say to let me eat what you make for dinner and if not he goes hungry. Well, he will go hungry, and I get scared he won't get any kind of nutrition he needs. He's already a bean pole, I don't want him any skinnier! Urgh! Help

Samantha - posted on 05/19/2014

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Ya, even I faced the same problem, but now I deal tactfully with it. My kid is not too fond of fruits, so I give him in another form like banana shake, strawberry shake, cheeku shakes and he loves it. Same way he just hate few veggies which I really nutritious and good for him. So I grind these veggies and make soup of it and top it with mozzarella and he absolutely loves it. If your kid does not like something, just try giving same food in some other form and serve him when he is hungry. Kids tend to eat, new things very easily when they are hungry. So introduce him to new foods when he is very hungry. Here is a useful link for you mommies.
http://www.mybirthdaysupplies.com/blog/t...

Jill - posted on 06/03/2009

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None of my kids are overly picky...they do have things that they "don't like" even though they haven't given them a chance. But here's what I do. Everyone gets the same food, we sit at the table to eat it, if they doesn't finish it within a certain amount of time, it gets thrown away, and they gets nothing else to eat until the next meal. If he doesn't eat it, he'll get hungry and will eventually eat what you give him. And this is just what I do, but they usually finish there food, even if it is the dreaded GREEN BEANS!!! LOL

Lisa - posted on 06/03/2009

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I have an 8 year old son who for 2 years would eat nothing but chicken nuggets. His dad got strict a couple of years ago and said that he has to eat what everyone else was eating. It has taken so much pesistance but he is eating most things that i dish up. He is still very picky but no where near what he was. They say it takes 12 times of trying something b4 they get used to the taste. I know how hard it is and how frustrating when all you want them to do is try something and they won't.

Anissa - posted on 06/03/2009

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To give you the most help I would have to know you and your son, however, I do have some advice that might help. I agree have him help as much as possable. Preparing his food and/or growing his food with give him a great sense of pride. But the biggest thing is to make it fun! Make a family pact that you will ALL try something new every week. Also, talk about the food and how many things are made with that food. EX. J

DELORES - posted on 06/03/2009

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Thanks I will look for it. But unless I can stuff it in a hot dog not sure he will eat. He hats most fruits and all veggies. Green beans make him gag. He is a very talented actor.

Gloria - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Tracey:

What to feed my picky 9 year old

I have a 9 year old son who has very picky eatting habits. How can I get him to try new foods?


I saw a special on TV not long ago and I wish I had tried this tactic on my picky eater who is now 19. She prepared health veggies such as broccoli or spinach and pureed them and added it to brownies. She also prepared (cooked) califlower and pureed it and added it to macarooni and cheese etc..... There is a cookbook on this but i don't remember the name. You may could google it. The authors child was a picky eater which is what enspired her to create this cookbook. Hope this helps.



gloria Stults

DELORES - posted on 06/03/2009

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I don't know. I have a picky 9 year old as well and all he wants is hot dogs pepperoni sandwiches and pizza with chocolate milk. He helps to cook sometimes but he does not try the food.

Sandy - posted on 06/03/2009

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I would agree that letting him help. Use this time to teach about nutrition and the food pyramid. Also be willing to try some New and Strange things. Take him to the grocery store and look at all the fruits and veggies. Let him pick something out (ANYTHING) - you might have to try something new, but Star fruit are good, so are mangos or even just grapes. Get creative with what you can eat. Also, there is a cookbook called "Kids in the Kitchen" Its from the early 80's and has an orange cover. It has some great recipes that kids can make on their own. Good Luck.

Shells - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi Tracey. I had to think of some really creative ideas I must say. One was putting veges mashed into savoury muffins. Different colours the better but not usually green. Another was batter on veges as snacks like tempura. Littlies growing own veges gave pride and family really praising his veges adds an alternative. Hope this helps.

Marie - posted on 06/03/2009

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Tracey, I hope this will be helpful, maybe try letting him help to make something you would like him to try.

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