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Picky eater and now there's no peanut butter. What now??

China - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is starting Pre-K this week and his one go-to lunch (pb&j) is a big no-no since one of the kids in his class has a major peanut allergy. I completely understand but now I don't know what to send with my kid for lunch. Does anyone have any suggestions?? He won't eat cold cuts, cold hot dogs, cold chicken nuggets...I've tried pinwheel type sandwiches with different fillings but he wouldn't touch the tortilla. I'm at a loss - other than a bagel with cream cheese I really don't know what to do. Help!!

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Maike - posted on 09/06/2009

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Ask the other mum what they give their children and try to pack the same in your lunch box. Speak to the teachers after school and find out what food your son liked! You might find out that he eats nearly everything. My daughter would never touch tomatoes at home, but in kindergarden she will eat them (same goes for cheese and quiet a lot of other things!). Even if he doesn't eat to well for a few days, don't worry to much, if he is really hungry, he will eat.
All the best from Germany

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Erika - posted on 11/29/2009

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My 4 yr old is SUPER picky, so I feel for you. If other nuts are allowed Nutella would be a good choice, mine loves it, also you may want to try almond butter, similar in looks & texture to the peanut butter. Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 11/28/2009

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Send him with a veriety of foods. Even if he doesnt like them one day, he may like them another. Keep offereing. And in the end no matter what if he's hungary he will eat what you send. Its not always a good idea to cater to what your children want to eat, or they become picky eaters.

Lisa - posted on 11/28/2009

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try pop tarts or mixed cereals with cheese and crackers or try fried hotdogs of course they wont be warm by the time he gets to it but a fried hot dog tastes a lil different he might like it i would try all different kinds of things over the weekends to find something he does like cold maybe just a fruit and vegetable with cheese and crackers and give him a healthy dip that he likes for the vegies and you can find fruit dip in the produce cold section all different types of flavors i have very picky eaters and one with a severe allergy to all nuts this usually works there is also lil smokies with cheese in them they love to snack on

Porscha - posted on 11/24/2009

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What about things like cold fried rice, stir frys, mac & cheese or spagetti bolognaise? My kids all quite happily eat these things cold. Baked beans? Salads? My eldest (my only school age child) likes the flavored tunas mixed with some cooked pasta, the best flavors for thsi seem to be the tomato-y ones. Cold quiche? Fruit salad with some yoghurt or custard in a seperate container? Meatballs, fish fingers/fish patties, chicken nuggets/strips, anything like that with a small container of sauce for dipping.
I figure if they eat it for dinner then there's a good chance they'll eat it for lunch too since most kids I know play with they food til it goes cold at dinner time anyway LOL
Good luck :) I know how frustrating fussy eaters can be :)

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Try sending Ritz crackers and put some spreadable cheese inside of a smaller container. Its fun to eat and pretty good. Or just send the Jelly and Bread and replace the peanut butter with bananas. It always works for my little guy.

Hope this helps.

Ginette - posted on 09/05/2009

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Sending crackers and cheeses seems okay with me, as long as he also has some veggies, fruit or yogurt to complete the meal and then something for snacks. The kids don't usually eat much when they are just starting school. I say, as long as he has enough food and it is stuff he will eat, why not!
I know you said he doesn't eat cold cuts but my daughter eats pepperoni, cherry tomatoes and bread. It's all the same fixings as a pizza and she likes it.
Also, have you tried maybe cutting stuff in interesting shapes? Maybe it would be more fun to eat a bear or a star instead of just a cold cut or a piece of bread.
I wish you luck!

China - posted on 09/02/2009

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Tried almost all of the lunchables but he would only eat the cookies. He eats cheese and crackers but not out of those. He won't even try tuna and he will eat a hard boiled egg but it has to be hot/warm (yuck!). Same with chicken nuggets and hot dogs. They don't have microwaves in the P-K rooms. Am going to try Nutella sandwiches (who doesn't love chocolate?) but not sure if the hazelnut part is okay. Will have to wait and see what the school nurse says...

Larissa - posted on 09/01/2009

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I would suggest lunchables. Let him pick them out and decide what he wants to try and that might make all of the difference. Both of my kids are picky.

Jennifer - posted on 08/31/2009

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Have you tired lunchables? They have so many to choose from. (pizza, cheese and crackers, chicken nuggets, nachos, etc...) How about hard boiled eggs or tuna fish?

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