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What to do about this? Lately ds asks for a specific thing to eat, I make it, and then 3/4 of the time he takes one look at it decides he doesn't want it and asks for something else. Sometimes I give him something else because he is so picky and so thin and I just want him to eat. So, just now I made him quesadillas which he said he wanted. He sat down and wouldn't even take one bite and said he wants peanut noodles. If I make those for him, he probably will take one bite and be finished. Or, I can let him continue crying and screaming for peanut noodles. I am throwing out massive amounts of food. What do I do? DO I make and remake meals. He is literally eating almost nothing these days. He likes almost nothing. He only wants to eat things that are salty like crackers, or sweet things. He eats no fruit, no vegetables except avocadoes which as of yesterday he has decided he no longer likes. He will eat plain noodles, pizza with the cheese picked off, and anything that is sweet, except fruit. The only protein he likes is peanut butter. Any suggestions?
 

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Hi there, I'm in the emerald city, too. We've had similar problems and used Ellyn Satter's books. Child of mine and How to feed your child but not too much are both at Seattle Public Libraries and King County and widely avail. in book stores. Great books for picky eaters. How to feed them but not be a short order cook and not worry about their nutrition.
 

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My guy is in a stage where he only wants to eat sweet things.<br>
I feed him<br>
-bananas and other fresh and dried fruits. He LOVES figs.<br>
-homemade, organic, whole, plain, probiotic yogurt w 100% fruit (no sugar) "jelly" stirred in. Or I let him mix in some carob chips or raisins.<br>
-"honey eggs" (I know, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> but he likes it)<br>
-baked sweet potatoes w butter<br>
-raw carrots to dip in yogurt<br>
-cooked beets (SO sweet)<br>
-fruit smoothies stuffed w ground flax, homemade yogurt, some spinach leaves snuck in, and sweetened w honey<br>
-oatmeal or other hot cereal w molasses<br>
-sweet cereals (I am not talking fruit loops :LOL His current fave is Health Valley Organic Oat Bran Flakes...they are REALLY sweet)<br>
-homebaked, whole wheat bread spread w honey and butter<br>
-whole grain pancakes w real maple syrup and fruit<br>
-I have even given him quinoa mixed w raisins and dried fruit w a little honey<br><br>
(he wants to drink sweet things too...I buy organic juice and when he isn't looking I cut it w water into 2 containers...and then fill the bottles w more water as he drinks it)<br><br>
Like I said he only wants sweet things right now. I have been creative and fulfilled this desire without giving him sugar and I feel like he is getting variety and eating well (although I wouldn't have chosen the juice or to use so much honey). I am hoping it is a phase!<br><br>
Maybe you can encourage him to eat fruit by spreading it w peanut butter or almond butter? Or buy some new and exciting fruits for him to try? I sometimes make a fruit salad and then I whip cream to put on top. DS loves this.<br><br>
Also, my guy leaves a lot of food on his plate, as well. I do fix him something else if he wants it. We do not waste much, however; either I put it away for later or I eat it or the dog does.<br><br>
I do think it is best to find ways to accomodate his preferences and not make food into an "issue" between you.<br><br>
Good luck and hth!
 
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