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post #21 of 36
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Originally Posted by donosmommy04
Usually we get him to eat veggies by just tossing them into whatever it is we're eating (like green beans into mac & cheese, or mixed veggies into mashed potatoes, or peas/mushrooms into fettucine alfredo, etc.) DS used to eat the veggies plain, but now insists they are combined with something or seasoned well...and I can't blame him really, I prefer seasoning/sauces to plain veggies, too! We have already become fairly creative in "hiding" (I prefer to think of it as "incorporating" ) veggies into dishes.
We have to do that with our dd too. She used to love pieces of steamed vegetables or chopped pieces of fruit...then suddenly one day she put a piece of carrot in her mouth and then spit it right out! Ever since then, its been difficult trying to get her to eat vegetables and fruit.

She is sensitive to dairy, soy, pears and winter squash so we have to be creative to avoid the first two and still make sure she eats healthy. I try to make things that I would like (of course avoiding her sensitivities) and we just share. She used to be really a picky eater until we figured out she wants to eat what we eat and likes everything in tiny pieces, all mixed together (chopped meats, noodles, veggies, etc- all together). Now I think she eats pretty well!

Breakfast:
*toast or english muffin lightly buttered sometimes with berry jam (usually whole wheat)
*freeze dried fruit such as bananas, berries, etc (this is a new thing and the only way she will eat fruit by itself) mixed with cereal pieces (usually cheerios)
*fruit/ricemilk smoothies (frozen blueberries, 1/2 ripe banana and ricemilk is our fav)
*waffles/pancakes made without dairy/soy- throw frozen berries in the batter
*scrambled eggs with veggies, sometimes hashbrowns mixed in
*turkey sausage cut-up (this is one of her most favorite foods- any type of sausage...just like her daddy!)

Lunch/dinner:
*sandwich with meat & mayo torn up into little pieces
*burrito with beans, rice & guacomole torn up into little pieces
*homemade soup with most of the broth drained out so its soft chunks (big favorite!)
*vegetable tempura! (we went out for teriyaki and she loved tempura veggies!)
*spaghetti with sauce and turkey sausage- I add lots of shredded spinach and chopped carrots- I tell my DH (who "hates" spinach) that the green stuff is basil and he usually eats seconds :LOL
pretty much whatever we eat for dinner or lunch she shares with us unless it has something she can't have- then I usually just improvise.

Snacks are usually some of the same stuff above, or lots of cheerios. She besides nursing, she drinks water, ricemilk and very diluted juice.

Today for lunch we shared a casserole I made from the following: shredded potatoes and summer squash, pieces of turkey 'ham', mixed up with some homemade Potato & Corn chowder (dairy/soy free- mostly just pureed potatoes, corn, onions, etc plus seasonings) I made last month and froze, then topped with cracker crumbs and baked until bubbly. She LOVED it! We will eat the leftovers for lunch tommorrow!
post #22 of 36
Hey, thanks for the ideas on the veggie tempura and turkey sausage, celestialdrmrmama.... off to the store for me too, soon!
post #23 of 36
My dd4 is 13 months and usually nurses 5 times a day, too.

There is almost nothing she won't eat. I only feed her lunch and dinner so far.
For lunch she had:
-a slice of bread smeared with preserves
-a handful of those freeze dried apple bits
-1/2 a large banana
-4 small crackers
-a medium sized (um, about a 1/2" square cube size?) piece of cheese
-about 2oz of milk

Dinner is about the same amount of food, usually whatever we're eating. She eats almost the same amount of food as her 4yo sisters, but is a lot less picky.
post #24 of 36
Ds turned two on the 9th of this month. I was just recently making a list of foods he eats to help us get him to eat better,lol. Here's what's on my list:

corn
green beans
chicken stroganoff
baked beans
taco salad
spagetti
lasagne
chicken enchiladas
raisins
salad
fruit leather
fishy crackers
pirates booty
cheeto type puffs
cookies
soy cheese


I'm sure there's a bit more, just not thinking of it right now. He also has mama snacks a few times a day, and what seems like all night sometimes,lol.
post #25 of 36
DS (15 months) eats:

Breastmilk
Dirt
Pizza
Broccoli
RICE RICE RICE
Strawberries
Cooked Carrots
Yogurt
Ramen Noodles ( DH got him started on this... : My poor organic baby soiled by TOP RAMEN )
Potatoes (any way)
Roast Beef
Bugs (if he can catch them)

Pretty much anything. He's a food disposal.

He doesn't like in any form:

fruit and grain bars.
watermelon
cow's milk


yah, that's it.
post #26 of 36
Cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese

Anything dairy really, and anything I sneak into the dairy. :LOL It's to the point where I have to manage dd's dairy intake, 'cause if she had it her way that's all she'd eat.

She also likes tofu-- plain, rinsed and drained. If I cook it, it's too tough for her and she doesn't like it as much.

I've started making kefir & yogurt berry smoothies, which she adores. Lots of good protein there. Just throw ice, yogurt, and berries in a blender and add kefir until you reach your desired consistancy. I read on another post about a mom who makes smoothies and adds protein powder. I haven't tried it, but if your dc likes smoothies and you're worried about protein, that's an idea.

Oh! And I recently discovered sunflower seed butter. I'm not a big fan of almond butter and dd is too young for nuts anyway. Sunflower seeds are a complete protein, unlike peanuts. DD and I love our sunflower seed butter and preserve sandwiches.
post #27 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoodWillHunter
DS (15 months) eats:

Breastmilk
Dirt
Pizza
Broccoli
RICE RICE RICE
Strawberries
Cooked Carrots
Yogurt
Ramen Noodles ( DH got him started on this... : My poor organic baby soiled by TOP RAMEN )
Potatoes (any way)
Roast Beef
Bugs (if he can catch them)

Pretty much anything. He's a food disposal.

He doesn't like in any form:

fruit and grain bars.
watermelon
cow's milk


yah, that's it.
:LOL I should add paper and wipes to ds's list!
post #28 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by starbarrett
I've started making kefir & yogurt berry smoothies, which she adores. Lots of good protein there. Just throw ice, yogurt, and berries in a blender and add kefir until you reach your desired consistancy. I read on another post about a mom who makes smoothies and adds protein powder. I haven't tried it, but if your dc likes smoothies and you're worried about protein, that's an idea.

Oh! And I recently discovered sunflower seed butter. I'm not a big fan of almond butter and dd is too young for nuts anyway. Sunflower seeds are a complete protein, unlike peanuts. DD and I love our sunflower seed butter and preserve sandwiches.
Great ideas--thanks!
post #29 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by starbarrett
Cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese cheese

Anything dairy really, and anything I sneak into the dairy. :LOL It's to the point where I have to manage dd's dairy intake, 'cause if she had it her way that's all she'd eat.
:LOL :LOL This is my DD too! She LOVES cheese! Her first two word phrase was "MY CHEESE" She is 17 mon. and nurses every 3 hours or so. She just went on a no food at all strike while we were on vacation and cutting teeth. I keep reminding myself not to worry about her lack of food intake. That's part of why we still nurse!

She will eat (if we are lucky, at home, and not cutting teeth):

cheese, perferably in little shapes like Sargento makes
sunflower seeds
steak
most pasta
pizza
celmentine oranges
whole apples (holds them and takes bity bites)
hummus & pita
frozen corn

As you see protein is not our problem!

Carrie
post #30 of 36
My DD is a cheese lover also! One of her first sign language signs at 11months was cheese while saying "sheeees..."

I have 2 questions after reading this very helpful thread even though I don't have much to add for food suggestions.

I have heard frozen peas as a favorite in a couple of different places besides this thread. I have always cook them b/c I thought they "needed" to be cooked (it says to on the package). Do they taste good frozen straight out of the bag? Do you defrost them for a certain amount of time?

Can someone recommend a good place to buy freeze dried fruits (particularly mango)? I buy Trader Joes granola with freeze dried mango and Peace cereal with freeze dried mango, but it gets tiresome to pick out all the little bits of freeze dried fruits for DD. I also end up with a backlog of plain granola I want/need to finish before starting on the next bag with more fruit.

Thanks in advance!
post #31 of 36
I had to jump in here as I am getting really frustrated. My ds is 27m and eats:
yogurt
fruit
whole wheat pasta with yogurt spread
toast- sometimes
frozed peas and/or corn

that about covers it. He is very low in iron. He still nurses, but I am pg and I don't think there is much there as his interest has really dropped. He won't even try any type of meat/protein source. No meat, eggs, tofu, beans. He looks at it and says "yucky" or "gross". He watches his 2 older brothers eat what we serve and just asks for yogurt or "roni" (macaroni). I have tried Total cereal as a snack as it has iron in it....nothing doing. If he didn't have iron issues I probably wouldn't be bothered so much. Ds#2 was also a late eater, but by this age he had turned into the "hoover". HELP! I really am concerned. He is healthy, happy, and growing, but still.......the boy needs to eat. I told my dh last night that I didn't know how ds3 even had solid poops as all he eats is yogurt!
post #32 of 36
I have a 31mo old dd.... she eats...

meat - most kinds, loves chicken, fish, roast, boca burgers
Pasta - most kinds, though not veggie pasta, won't touch it
Fruit - you name it, she likes it ... she's a great fruit eater
Yogurt - prefers the drinkable kind, but she'll eat both kinds
Veggies - well, that's the tough one. Sometimes she'll eat things, like frozen peas, she loves corn on the cob, loves tomatoes (I know, they are really a fruit), she'll eat other stuff, but only rarely....

But, of course, there are soooooo many times a day when I put out great food and she says.... I not hungry mama after two bites. Then ... half an hour later. She's hungry, I put out the same food and she cries... says no, no, no... not that stuff again... What do I do?
post #33 of 36
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post #34 of 36
hi i came to this thread to get some ideas. i wrote them down so i can take them to the grocery store.

my son eats five times a day and it gets tough to think of healthy things to serve and to make sure there is fiber and protein at every meal.

for breakfast today we had hashbrowns. i just cut up some potatoes i had around here and fried them with olive oil and salt and pepper. and i let him have a little cheese with it. we usually have eggs, oatmeal, or pancakes at breakfast. or yogurt. he loves plain yogurt with bananas or almond butter.

then there is lunch at around 11 and the snack we have after nap. usually it is leftovers which there weren't any today. on days like today when there is no leftovers we have a sandwhich, a hotdog, or i dont know what else? some soup? canned mixed veggies-which i would like to stop but i do get unsalted at least. actually i am so against hotdogs i don't eat them but just let ds have one! ha! he loves them with ketchup/

for dinner i make some meat and lots of veggies, mexican, italian, or eat out. he eats pretty much what we eat for dinner.

then there is a bed time snack. i make him a smoothie everyday with ground up seeds, yogurt, fruit, and milk or juice. trying to phase out the milk though. am occasional cookie.

he is not nursing anymore so i feel responsible to provide all his food groups, especially fat, protein and iron. i feel like we can make up the veggies the next day but i don't want him to be hungry at 4am. i just feel bad b/c we have been eating more hotdogs, canned veggies, and boxed snacks these days than i would like. : maybe i will get to the health food store for veggie hotdogs and organic crackers. then batch freeze my real veggies so that i won't feel so bad. what do you guys think? i felt relieved to see someone gave their child all beef hotdogs on the protein link!
post #35 of 36
My favorite piece of advice about feeding children is this:
It is OUR job to offer our children a variety of nutritous foods.
It is their job to choose what to eat and how much.

To be honest, sometimes I dont really know what my kids do and dont eat because I try very hard not to make food an issue at all.
I put them in their high chair and offer them their meal and either have mine at the same time (then it would be teh same thing) or maybe do the dishes or something.
Sometimes they would eat only one thing. Maybe they never ate a pea the first 50 times I offered them. But I didnt count them, and I didnt check to see how many were left on the floor.
My children also were still nursing and so whatever they missed out in solids they got back in their specially tailored nutrition shake from mom!

I try to offer at least one thing that I know my kids like. But even then I am often mistaken because kids tastes change on a dime and I am left saying "but I thought you loved broccoli"

At 13 months my children's diet (meaning what I offered, not what they actually ate) was exactly what we were eating. The only foods that we ate on a regular basis that my 13 months old didnt eat was salad or any raw veggies (need molars for that)

some days my kids might eat the equivalient of 2 tablespoons of food, and other days like they have a hollow leg. Their bodies know what their needs are far better than me.

Joline
post #36 of 36
DS only started any solids just before 12 months old. We tried to gibe him "baby foods" and he really wasn't interested -- down right refused!
His first foods were black beans and O's.

Now he only wants to eat what we're eating (he is 13 months) and also wants a big boy plate. And he is all about texture. No slimey or mushy -- loves a crunch! He hates almost all fruits.

So he eats:
salmon, chicken, beef
spinach
black beans -- any beans
dried corn
dried apple
veggie burgers
thai food
indian food
turkish food
raw whole mushrooms
(he just grabbed one in the grocery store and started chomping on it!!)
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