Any ideas for my child who hates BREAD!!

Sharon - posted on 02/20/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi, my 11 year old hates bread, in fact she gags on it, she would love to like it but she just heaves. She will eat toast,but only if its burnt.she loves crispy foods, nothing soft. Her lunchbox for school is so hard,m she usually only takes crisps, apple and a piece of cheese, not great really.She does like crackers, but they go soft during the school day. Any ideas???

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Amanda - posted on 04/21/2009

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if you are talking about getting her grains in try melba toast, rice cakes, granola, there are several varieties of crackers but watch out because some are loaded with shortning, salt and other not good for you things. tortilla chips are good and they have whole grain ones, pretzels are also a good low fat snack (buy low sodium)
for produce try carrots, pepper slices, snap peas, pears, apples.
does she like sunflower seeds? what about sesame snaps? a variety of cheese for dairy and some cold cuts.
hopes this helps

Janis - posted on 04/10/2009

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For bread, pack it separate.  My son will eat a whole wheat cheese sandwich plain only.  Whole wheat bread is healthy and you can find breads with out HFCS and other attitives.  I would agree with rolling up the meat (we don't usually do cold cuts...so much sodium).  OR laughing cow light, baby bell cheeses come in their own cases.  I send those with whole wheat crackers sometimes.  My son likes the yogurt tubes (I get stoneyfield farms and freeze them).  Maybe it being more like a popsickle would be more appealing.  Applesauce?  Apples, oranges, bananas, cut up veggies, try any and all.  I have sent cheese on a whole wheat mini bagel for him too (toasted and in a separate bag) and he loved that idea.  Look up healthy lunches on google and you will get a million ideas.



I also send leftovers to school with him.  Whole wheat pastas sprinkled with parm cheese, chili, soup, chicken parmesan, you name it!  :)  Good luck.  The thermos is your friend!  :)  LOL!  Good luck to you.

Amy - posted on 03/22/2009

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You could try packing a whole grain macaroni salad, that why she will still get the carbs  and fiber that the bread would be giving her.  To change it up every day just add her favorite salad dressing to it.

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Why not pack a cup of her favorite whole grain cereal in a bag for a snack?

Or three cups of popcorn, popped? Many people don't realize that popcorn is in the grain group and is a whole grain.



It is a common misperception that 'bread isn't healthy', but whole wheat bread IS healthy in moderation.



Most adults NEED 6 ounces of grain foods each day, half of which should be whole grains. We get a lot of our dietary fiber from the grain group.



An ounce of grain food = 1 slice of bread or toast, 1/2 a hotdog or hamburger bun, 1/2 an english nuffin, 1 cup dry cereal, 1/2 cup rice or oatmeal, cooked, 1/2 cup pasta, or 3 cups popped popcorn.

As others posted, crackers are crispy, but look for whole grain crackers.



The best way to tell if a food is a TRUE whole grain food is to look at the ingredient list.

If the first ingredient is whole wheat, whole wheat flour, whole oats, whole corn or any other "whole" grain, then that food is indeed a whole grain food.

If the first ingredient is 'enriched flour' then it's not a whole grain food. It may CONTAIN some whole grain, but it is not a whole grain food.



There are a lot of crackers out there, like 'whole wheat Ritz' that do contain some whole grain, but the majority of the flour used is plain white flour, not whole wheat flour.



For more information about dietary food needs, go to www.mypyramid.gov

Sharon - posted on 03/21/2009

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Thanks for that, i never gave that a thought that maybe she has a problem, i'll look into that right away,thanks

User - posted on 03/21/2009

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sounds like a textural issue- OT therapists have a way of treating it.  Seriously.  But short term, stick with crunchy foods like you have been doing.

Sharon - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi, I have recently tried breadsticks, carrot sticks with a soft cheese, she quite likes that for the moment. Unfortuntately she doesn't like salad, so that can make things difficult too. Its not just the fact that she hates bread, its that she cannot eat anything that is stoggy,or clammy in any way,she has a real problem with heaving.While she is at home it is a lot easier, but its the school lunch box that is causing me a problem, she doesn't eat in the hall, shes now at secondary school and they just walk around eating, which isn't the best way i know, but thats the school policy, outside on the benches unless its raining. The crackers worked for a while,but she got bored quickly. I'm off to the shops now to see if there is anything crunchy/healthy for her as new ideas. Thank you to all that has gave me great suggestions so far.x

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2009

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If she gets tired of crackers, she could also wrap cheese and meat in some lettuce. Although iceburg lettuce isn't the best it is definitely crunchy which she might enjoy. You could also look at a gluten free cookbook. I believe there are even gluten free kid cookbooks. It helps out with lunch ideas etc. And unless it is a wheat free bread, then all the ideas contain NO bread. Check your library and if that doesn't work then amazon probably as a good cheap book for you.

Keli - posted on 03/01/2009

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Crackers, ham and cheese are a fave of my little boy! Mind you, he loves bread and could eat it all day ha ha! You could make your own healthy spreads with finely chopped salad vegetables with cream cheese. Banana's if she likes them? Crunchy breadsticks with a nice home made dip (my son loves them and I make humous, which he adores).

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What about tortilla wraps, they make so many different types. Another idea for the occasional sandwich is waffles, cooked and cooled waffles( I use the frozen ones), they work well for PB & J. English muffins is another idea. or a flat bread/pita. I also agree with the above.. forget the bread all together, it's not real healthy anyway. For snacks, I would suggest oranges or other fresh fruits, fruit cups, trail mix.. my daughter actually likes to take a garden saled to school with her ( I wish I could think that way).



Good Luck with your search!

Nikki - posted on 02/24/2009

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great I hope she likes it! It's good to mix it up, our kids like sandwiches sometimes but most the time they prefer something like the "homemade" lunchables or salad.



Have a great day !

Sharon - posted on 02/24/2009

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Quoting Nikki:



have you tried toasting her sandwich bread? since she likes things crispier.






you could pack her a "lunchable" of sorts .. the actual lunchables are unhealthy but you could buy some crackers and turkey meat, cheese - and she can build her own cracker sandwiches. our kids love to take salads packed in their lunches, we make them at home and put them in tupperware and they take side of salad dressing to mix at lunch time.






the crackers should be fine if they are packed in something and kept away from food or liquid until she's ready to eat them.






Thanks for your suggestion, i will try the crackers/cheese and ham idea, i think she will love that. She does like toasted sanwiches, so thats her home snack at lunchtimes.

Diane - posted on 02/23/2009

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honestly bread isn't really all that nutritious. if she eats cold cuts, try rolling them up. or roll up a meat n cheese together. does she eat soups? use a thermos. my daughter doesn't eat sandwiches at all, and i find many things to give her for lunch. salads are good too.

Nikki - posted on 02/23/2009

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have you tried toasting her sandwich bread? since she likes things crispier.



you could pack her a "lunchable" of sorts .. the actual lunchables are unhealthy but you could buy some crackers and turkey meat, cheese - and she can build her own cracker sandwiches. our kids love to take salads packed in their lunches, we make them at home and put them in tupperware and they take side of salad dressing to mix at lunch time.



the crackers should be fine if they are packed in something and kept away from food or liquid until she's ready to eat them.

Sharon - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting June:

How about celery, carrots and if you put crackers in like a tupperware container, they won't go soft. I know some schools ban peanuts, but I have found toasted soy nuts in different flavors in stores. Granola is nice and filling too. She can buy milk/yogurt to go with it and it's very easy and economical to make at home, let me know if you would like recipe.



Thank you for your ideas, she does sometimes take carrots,unfortutely she doesn't like celery or peanuts, so that makes things harder.. Again she doesn't like milk or yoghurts as it makes her feel sick and she heaves on that too!! My friend suggested hard boiled eggs which she has tried and likes so least i have another idea for her. I am going to the health shop later so maybe i can see if there are any snack ideas there,thanks for the help. 

June - posted on 02/22/2009

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How about celery, carrots and if you put crackers in like a tupperware container, they won't go soft. I know some schools ban peanuts, but I have found toasted soy nuts in different flavors in stores. Granola is nice and filling too. She can buy milk/yogurt to go with it and it's very easy and economical to make at home, let me know if you would like recipe.

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