the picky eater!

Reyna - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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my daughter is 4 soon to be 5. She refuses to eat anything green, hamburger products of any sort. I just rescently introduced a new day called " try it fridays" im hoping it will help show her some fruits and veg(mainly) are good to eat even though they don't look as tastefull. She is open to the idea of taking one bite once a week but, unfortunetly before she fully tasted the food she saying she doesn't like it. I hate forcing things on kids, i personally think as she gets older she may begin to like things that are good for her i hope at least. Any suggestions on how to sneak healthy food into her diet that might appeal to 4/5 year old!?!?!?

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I really like "The Sneaky Chef" cookbooks by Missy Chase Lapine. I looked at the Jessica Seinfeld one but Lapine's are much better. We have many of the recipes in rotation around here, they are just plain good. If you can put in the upfront time to make the purees and freeze them it doesn't take much extra time. I must add the caveat not to use any of the low-fat suggestions. Children need fat to grow their brains, which are 60% fat. I could go on and on, but just something to keep in mind.

And I still offer my children veggies, I just think it's a great way to not put too much pressure on them or force them, yet still be sure they are getting plenty of veggies. Your instincts are right; studies have shown that forcing a child to eat something can spawn lifelong hatred for that food and for trying new things. And yes, tastes do slowly mature. I am still slowly learning to like things I thought I hated even in high school.

The book "My Child Won't Eat!" by Dr. Carlos Gonzalez is a fantastic resource about children's nutrition and proper attitudes and ways to present foods. I highly recommend it!

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