refusal to eat meat

Amy - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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We have been having a hard time getting our 3 1/2 yr old to eat meat outside of chicken nuggets. He loves mustard so we would put mustard on all meat and he would just suck it off of it. He does like peanut butter so he is still getting protein. Are there any tricks that we could try? It seems like he starts gagging on it the minute it hits his tongue done this since he was a baby still eating baby food.

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Candice - posted on 05/23/2010

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Just let him decided when he wants to eat meat. It is very common for kids not to like meat. Go to your local bookstore and look at some cookbooks for vegetarian kids,they will help you make sure he's getting balance meals every time. In addition, kids tend to eat on a weekly rotations,one day it'll be tons of grain the next all protein.Just wait it out and be patient. Let him know meat is available to try but not required.

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Jen - posted on 05/29/2010

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Some people are biologically opposed to meat and should not eat it. My sister was allways like this as well from infancy and she is now a vegetarian. Lots of other ways to get protein.

Amy - posted on 05/28/2010

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If you find anything, let me know. LOL DS won't eat any meat besides chicken nuggets or meatballs in some kind of toddler meal. We try to get him to eat other things but he won't.

Christy - posted on 05/28/2010

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Lots of meats are tough and have to be chewed a long time. Find things that are easy to eat, like nuggets, hot dogs, hamburgers with soy meat (mcdonald's-not the healthiest but still). Also be sure to cut the meat up in tiny pieces for him to pick up. And if you have to use mustard on it, go for it. Keep trying. He will eventually eat it!

Angie - posted on 05/24/2010

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I wouldn't be concerned at all. He can get protein from dairy, eggs, nuts, beans, whole grains (quinoa is great) and lots of other foods have high levels of protein.

As for iron that can come from eggs, green veggies etc.

Tofu is a good substitute but not one you want to do extremely often, try googling "too much soy" it's pretty controversial.

Louise - posted on 05/24/2010

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Have you tried minced beef in things like shepherds pies and pasta bolognese. Most children like mince as it is soft and does not take a lot of chewing. Also let him eat a meat substitute like tofu as this is high in protein. You can get quorn sausages, nuggets, burgers, mince. It does not have the texture of meat and is good for him. My son went veggie for four years and he ate all of these and to be honest they were quite tasty. As long as he is eatting protein in some fashion don't worry to much. Just keep an eye on his iron levels as red meat is a good source of iron and is needed in a growing childs diet. Iron is also found in dark green vegetables and pulses. Hope this helps!

Elyse - posted on 05/24/2010

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I have the same problem. My daughter will eat meats like bologna and hot dogs, occasionally chicken nuggets, but she won't eat much else besides vegetables. Is it something I should be concerned about?

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