My son (age 5) won't eat meat - which I am thrilled about! It's not an "animal" thing - he's just super picky. He won't even try it. He's never eaten a hot dog or a hamburger even. Now he says he doesn't like peanut butter either. Oh and he doesn't eat eggs.
Sadly though, he won't eat veggies either. He loves fruit, breads, cheese and dairy (yogurt, milk, etc). I stick with Organic dairy to keep him free of the hormones and antibiotics.
He has tried some corn and some green beans and that's all. I have the book by Jerry Seinfeld's wife and I make the veggie purees and sneak them into things. Sometimes, I also make "dinosaur juice" which is a smoothie with fresh spinach in it. But those things are always masked by a sweet taste.
I just don't know what to do to get more veggies in him. And of course I would love to get the cheese and milk out of his diet, but I don't think I can unless he learns to eat some healthier options.
Hi Pamela, I know it's frustrating and scary when they won't eat veggies, but fruit has alot of great vitamins and minerals and enzimes in them, so keep those up to him!!! And I know this sounds weird, but my kids love broccoli with honey drizzled over the top, and I figure that if that makes them easier to eat (at the moment) thats ok. So don't stress, it's amazing how many nutrients our bodies can collect from the things you are already giving him! By the way have you ever heard of Chia bread? I'm in Australia and I buy it for my family, Chia is a grain that is full of omega 3, iron, zinc and heaps of other nutrients and is just like white bread, but full of great stuff!!! I hope this helps you out, Kellie
My son is also five and has been raised vegetarian since birth. Sadly, he too does not love veggies. We've discovered that he'll eat just about anything that comes hidden in a wrap. And he loves these brocolli bites we found at Whole Foods that come in crazy shapes. They taste like tator tots and look like dinosaurs, teddy bears, etc. Hope that helps!!
My pediatrician actually says as long as they get a variety of fruit that's fine. My almost 7 year old started eating like crazy within the last year suddenly and eats more variety, I think its the growing boy thing (I have very picky kids, also a 2 and 5 year old). I started giving 2 fruits with meals, esp. if I knew the veggies wouldn't get eaten, even though I always try. That way they are at least getting a variety of vitamins at each meal. Also, give it time, he may eventually cave, it only took my son 6 years:) Keep the corn and green beans in, like daily, maybe he'll eventually like them enough to have a serving. I also make smoothies with soy yogurt, fresh oj, avocados, almonds, frozen fruit and agave and my kids love them, sometimes I even put tofu in and they don't notice. As for milk, and cheese, I have yet been unsuccessful with cheese, I just buy it and have it available less, but almond milk is a godsend. I told my kids it would help their asthma, (true) and just said we're doing it. It tastes great and they love it. I cook with soy a lot for the protein (pancakes, oatmeal) and they don't notice the taste. Hang in there, as a parent of 3 super picky kids I understand. All I can say is I started my 2 year old nearly a year ago, and she loves tofu, kale, beans, broccili, it's crazy, so eventually they can learn to love it I say!
It can be tricky, but they learn to love it. I let my kids have some say on what it is going to be on their plate, and then I let them make it themselves. Sometimes this helps. Have him watch the video of my daughters making fruit and veggie faces on my food and health blog, maybe watching another kid make something will make him ant to make it himself! http://www.littlehouseofveggies.blogspot.com I have other good recipes on there too that I gear toward pleasing my kids! BTW, my daughter just turned 6, and my other daughter is 4, so right aroudn his same age. I am going to have my kids post some of their favorite things periodically, totally geared for the kids.
Have you tried mashed avocados? Full of good fatty acids. I agree with someone else who said anything in a wrap...sneak those goodies in there! I make our own tortillas and I put flax in them. You can also bake them and use them for chips...dip in the mashed avocado or make your own salsa. I have a very picky son as well who refuses to eat veggies. I also bought Deceptively Delicious and use the recipes in it often. The trick is to devise a way to get them to put it in their mouth and don't give up. If you can get them to try it, not eat it, but just to put it in there, then you are succeeding. Even if they spit it out! Remember that kids have to be presented with it more than once before claiming that they will never eat it. Don't give up!
I have 2 small kids (5 and 3) and they are not eating much veggies too, they will eat fruits and have soy milk. We let them be a part of the cooking, cleaning and all of that, they get really involved and will try what they helped to cook, we always try to make it fun. I agree with all of you, even if they spit it out they are already trying. Gonna try the other books too. Thanks
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