Okay, I could really use some inspiration and advice before I go crackers!
DS#2 is 4.5 and will not touch fruit or veg except for bananas, apple puree or potato.
By "not touch" - I mean he will not even entertain the idea of anything green in his food - whether it is diced to within an inch of its existence, grated or even pureed. He has ALWAYS been like this!
The rest of the story is this:
DS#1 eats everything
that is put in front of him, he will try anything. DD#1 (only 2) is on the same track as DS#1, so WHERE have I gone wrong?
Our diet is good, we are 95% organic, vegetables offered with everything, no sugar, no additives, no processed food. To the point that I make everything from scratch apart from the very occasional sauce, and it is soul destroying to sit watching him pick and not eat it. He has one snack a day at 10.30 which is a banana or some dried fruit (yes he will eat that!) and a drink and he doesn't eat candy or other junk in the day at all.
I don't force him to finish his plate, in fact, only ever offer him the smallest amount so he can feel proud when does sometimes finish it. However we do
have a policy where I at least PUT a vegetable on his plate so that he MIGHT be tempted and if he doesn't eat ANYTHING, he doesn't have to stay at the table, but he won't be allowed a pudding.
He participates in meal preparation and will quite happily slice a carrot or wash sprouts or pour peas into the pan but will not eat them. He will go strawberry picking, blueberry picking but not one, fresh and delicious, will touch his lips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is the healthiest of my children probably, less colds!! (I know, what AM I worrying about!) but I am SO concious that he is getting squat (nothing!! - Englishism!) from veg or fruit.
I would really appreciate some inventive new thoughts on this before I seek out a nutritionist or someone professional to help me come up with some creations.
Oh and also to add:
Smoothies - tried it (will take a couple of sips)
Soups - tried it (ditto!)
He eats apple puree (but only if DADDY makes it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
: but only apple too!
Oh and to add more: I also have one child with lactose intolerance and my dh is mildly intolerant to wheat products, so I think I am looking for the "perfect meal!" so I don't have to cook three separate ones!
Thank you as I am having a culinary meltdown right now