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Title: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: audiolove on October 26, 2007, 01:21:09 PM
My son is a really picky eater.....I do not force him to eat things-or else I will regret it.  He has an uncontrollable gag reflex.

Anyway, I have a really difficult time with getting enough protein in him.  Peanut Butter is out at school-due to peanut products getting banned from the classroom-(Please let's not start up on that one-I saw how long that thread got)

He won't eat cheese unless it's that disgusting processed cheese from taco bell, cheese in the Handi Snacks or cream cheese.

The only meat he would eat was dinosaur chicken nuggets which he won't touch now.

He loves yogurt (but it has to be Yoplait with the blue lid and the key lime pie flavor)

I would love to discover what has worked for your children.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: caranfin on October 26, 2007, 01:23:04 PM
Are other nut butters allowed, such as almond butter or hazelnut butter?
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: audiolove on October 26, 2007, 01:25:33 PM
Are other nut butters allowed, such as almond butter or hazelnut butter?

No- I think the child in our classroom is allergic to all nuts
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: pblair38 on October 26, 2007, 01:27:36 PM
Hard boiled eggs?  Beans or peas, like beans in a soft taco or something like that?

I don't know...we present food to our kids and tell them that if they don't like it, they don't have to eat it, but they do have to try it.  Will he not try things, or are there just a whole lot of things he doesn't like?

Penny
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Ondine on October 26, 2007, 01:28:50 PM
You are talking to the pickiest kid now grown up here.  I would only eat bologna, cheese (but not bologna and cheese)peanut butter & jam, and corned beef. I would eat tuna as I was older, but I sure didn't eat it as a kid.

Clover Leaf makes miniature cans of flavoured tuna now: my favourites are the Lemon and Dill and the Sundried Tomato and Basil.

I know this probably isn't totally healthy, but would your son drink a Chocolate Boost Shake with protein? (You can buy these in the store - the knockoff brands are similar and they taste the same). I ate Boost bars and drank Boost shakes in grade 11 - I had a really hard time eating seven times a day (high metabolism) and these shakes helped with my caloric intake. It may help with your son's protein intake.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Animala on October 26, 2007, 01:30:56 PM
Hard boiled eggs?
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: cicero on October 26, 2007, 01:31:51 PM
what does he like in his sandwiches? i wouldn't worry about him getting enuf protein - if he gets protein for breakfast and supper, then he can just have sandwich with something else for lunch.

I don't know what the uncontrollable gag reflex means - is this a physical disorder? SOrry for being nosy but you did ask how we handled our kids. how old is your DS?  my DS is also very picky, but I know that with him it has to do mainly with his 'need to control'  his life due to all kind of trauma that affected him when he was younger. when he was younger I let him choose from stuff that he liked. he usually brought tuna salad sandwiches to school. sometimes sliced yellow cheese, and once in a blue moon (when his mom was in the right mood >:D) he got an omelette sandwich. when he hit 9th or 10th grade, he had alot of social anxiety issues and stopped bringing food altogether (he is 21 and still has this problem - he can go ALL DAY without any food. )

basically - i would let him take what he likes and you know he will eat, as long as it is 'healthy' enuf.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: mechtilde on October 26, 2007, 01:32:24 PM
Does he have problems chewing? If so, that might explain why he has problems with meat. You might want to look into using meats which are soft (pate type consistency) or high meat content sausages, burgers made with good quality ground beef (so not too much fat)

Also try fish and look into the vegetarian section of your local supermarket. Check out soya products and see if he can eat pulses such as lentils (in soup or whatever)

Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Bob Ducca on October 26, 2007, 01:35:34 PM
Have you tried the pedia-sure or other nutritional shakes?  DD had a bad attack of canker sores a few weeks ago, and couldn't eat anything.  Those pedia-sure shakes saved my sanity...I was getting notes from the day care saying she hadn't eaten or drunk anything for 8+ hours...
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Sharnita on October 26, 2007, 01:36:01 PM
Can you switch breakfast and lunch?  Give him PB&J at breakfast and send him to school with a container of cereal he could add milk to.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: ClaireC79 on October 26, 2007, 01:36:31 PM
I'm assuming you have tried other meats etc, but what about disguising some stuff, dd2 will only eat beef 'sandwiches' - that means two thin slices of beef with something in the middle - she won't eat beef unless it's surrounding something else (normally she'll mash potato in there)

DS would only eat pizza cold for quite a while (and then only if he'd help 'make it' - ie put the stuff on the top)

You could also try some stuff that you think he wouldn't like (dd1's favourite food is broccoli)
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: whipeout on October 26, 2007, 01:44:25 PM
ok I know i will get flamed but here it is, when i tried to be a picky eater my mother (God rest her) had me stand beside her and she feed me from my plate till i finished or ate enough of it to her standard. My kids were not picky eaters thank goodness but if they were I would have done the same thing as my mom.
That said, I have a picky eater in my circle, he was picky as a child and remains so, he is also a PITA at the dinner table. Picky eater should only be allowed for medical reasons. Now I will don my flameproof gear.  ok all set.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: ch1pch0p on October 26, 2007, 01:47:29 PM
Another incredibly picky childhood eater here.

Have you tried telling him that he is NOT ALLOWED to throw up? That's what my mom eventually did because I also had an uncontrollable gag reflex. Mashed potatoes -- instant gag. Any casserole -- same thing. There were five of us kids, and one day she decided she'd have enough and told me she would.not.tolerate.it.anymore.

I didn't dare throw up again.


Of course I swore I would never treat my kids like that and never ever ever make them eat things they didn't like....but I've begun to see her side just a little.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: ch1pch0p on October 26, 2007, 01:48:36 PM
ok I know i will get flamed but here it is, when i tried to be a picky eater my mother (God rest her) had me stand beside her and she feed me from my plate till i finished or ate enough of it to her standard. My kids were not picky eaters thank goodness but if they were I would have done the same thing as my mom.
That said, I have a picky eater in my circle, he was picky as a child and remains so, he is also a PITA at the dinner table. Picky eater should only be allowed for medical reasons. Now I will don my flameproof gear.  ok all set.

I was typing as you posted. No flaming here.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: trailgrrl on October 26, 2007, 01:50:01 PM
Does he like ham or turkey?  Have you tried giving him cut up veggies (like carrots/celery/Colored bellpeppers/cauliflower) with Hummus dip?   Hummus is tasty and a great source of protein, and kids like to dip things.

Personally I think processed cheese is disgusting, but if you have a picky kid, it's not the hill to die on.  Have you tried Cheeze Whiz On celery sticks?  Or tried to send him with some kind of processed cheese dip to dip veggies and pretzels in?

Is there a Trader Joe's grocery store near you?  they have all kinds of fun pre packaged healthy things.   Maybe he might try a california roll?

My kids aren't particularly picky, but my older son has eaten PBJ sandwiches every day of his life (he's in high school now and takes two). He won't tuna or eggs, and I would have been in the same boat as you if Peanut butter wasn't allowed.  

ETA:  OOOhh I missed cream cheese.  Flavored cream cheese on celery sticks, or ham slices rolled up with cream cheese, cream cheese dips --  You can do a TON of stuff with cream cheese!
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: caranfin on October 26, 2007, 01:50:28 PM
I know you said he won't eat meat, but could you hide it? Like, mix some finely chopped deli ham with cream cheese and roll it up in a tortilla?
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: LissaR1 on October 26, 2007, 01:55:55 PM
I hear you!  I have a picky eater, too. I rely on yogurt and milk products, but I still can because he's so young.

How about hummus?  I know it doesn't exactly seem like picky eater fare, but it does spread and can be fairly bland if he doesn't like stronger flavors.

Sorry I'm not more help, but I'm reading with interest!
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Salvage3 on October 26, 2007, 02:03:45 PM
I am more in agreement with Whipeout --at least to the point of wondering if he has a medical problem or if the problem has been addressed with a medical professional.  I would want to know if he truly is physically gagging for some medical reason or if he is self-inducing the gag reflex.

If it is the latter, I would also be talking to the doctor as to how much food he actually needs to be healthy and making sure what he eats to accomplish those goals.  But I would not be allowing him to dictate everything that he eats or wants to eat.

As children, my sister and I were not required to eat everything that was on the table, but we were not allowed to "simply be picky".

I am sorry to put it this way, but I believe he may be picky because he is being allowed to be.  From your examples, it would appear to me that it is a little over the top.  If the doctor says there is nothing wrong, I would be inclined to let him be hungry and then eat what is presented --with the exception of things that are truly disliked by many people.  If it is standard family-fare, he eats it or has a really good reason for disliking it.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: ClaireC79 on October 26, 2007, 02:22:07 PM
I've known too many people who when forced to eat a food they don't like as a child werephysically sic afterwards.  I'm not going to force my child to eat something they don't like (try a bite yes) they aren't getting anything else instead and can wait until the next meal time but I'm not going to force them
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: wheeitsme on October 26, 2007, 02:23:34 PM
I agree with the others.  See a doctor.  If this is not a medical condition, there is some choice involved.  

When I was growing up we were allowed 1 food we didn't have to eat.  Other than that food, we had to have some of whatever was on the table.  My food was creamed tuna on toast.  Yes, it made me gag.  I could eat it, but it made me gag.  

I believe that part of a parents job is to prepare them for the world.  Uber-picky eaters will have problems.

As for protein for the uber-picky, that's probably going to change on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: NotCinderell on October 26, 2007, 02:25:53 PM
Have you ever tried sunflower butter?  Totally peanut and tree-nut free, and virtually indistinguishable from peanut butter.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: audiolove on October 26, 2007, 02:30:12 PM
Argh-My post just got erased.

There are no medical  issues involved-his gag reflex is self-evoked-and he will vomit.

He eats lots of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.  He is neither overweight nor underweight.  

What I need is protein suggestions.  Either things I have not thought of or ways to mask protein.

I am not interested in getting into parenting issues at this time.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: NotCinderell on October 26, 2007, 02:31:56 PM
I don't know if you've tried this, but how about plain tofu?  It's boring and flavorless, but it's healthy and full of protein, and kids who like bland stuff would eat it.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: duhrich on October 26, 2007, 02:37:23 PM
Have you ever tried sunflower butter?  Totally peanut and tree-nut free, and virtually indistinguishable from peanut butter.

That was what I was going to suggest as well. It is called Sunbutter. If you google it, you should be able to find some. It does taste different from peanut butter but has the same texture. It also comes in a couple different varieties, one with honey in it. PM me if you want to get ahold of some and can't find it.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: caranfin on October 26, 2007, 02:41:49 PM
I know our vegetarian members can help with this... what could be mixed with refried beans and/or bean dip (heh) to make a complete protein?
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Squeaks on October 26, 2007, 02:42:11 PM
Go to the local body builder/health food store and look for protein powder shakes.  If he likes those great, if not maybe you can find things you can mix it with.

Jello actually has high protein and would be easy to send with him to lunch

Tofu is high in protein, but could be hard for a kid to deal with.  But i have heard of people putting it in milkshakes and smoothies. I did not like it, but it does blend well.

Also possibly soy milk

Have you tried beef jerky? 



I was also a picky eater and my advice would be to really really listen to him about what he says makes him gag and what he likes and does not like. My issue is mostly texture - my mother never figured that out it just never clicked - if it had things may have turned out differently.  (ie she loved cooked veggies - I can not stand mush - it never occurred to her to give me raw crisp veggies because that is not how she likes to eat them - try to think beyond how  you eat and let him experiment) So try talking to him calmly as a discussion and see if you can find more of a pattern and go from there.  Be as creative as possible - you never know what a kid will decide they like - my guy has a nephew who was very fussy and rarely ate meet - but feel in love with crocodile of all things. So you just never know.

I would also suggest trying to look for foreign recipes.  Maybe you could find something that you had never thought of that sounds like something he may like.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: audiolove on October 26, 2007, 02:47:25 PM
Go to the local body builder/health food store and look for protein powder shakes.  If he likes those great, if not maybe you can find things you can mix it with.

Jello actually has high protein and would be easy to send with him to lunch

Tofu is high in protein, but could be hard for a kid to deal with.  But i have heard of people putting it in milkshakes and smoothies. I did not like it, but it does blend well.

Also possibly soy milk

Have you tried beef jerky? 



I was also a picky eater and my advice would be to really really listen to him about what he says makes him gag and what he likes and does not like. My issue is mostly texture - my mother never figured that out it just never clicked - if it had things may have turned out differently.  (ie she loved cooked veggies - I can not stand mush - it never occurred to her to give me raw crisp veggies because that is not how she likes to eat them - try to think beyond how  you eat and let him experiment) So try talking to him calmly as a discussion and see if you can find more of a pattern and go from there.  Be as creative as possible - you never know what a kid will decide they like - my guy has a nephew who was very fussy and rarely ate meet - but feel in love with crocodile of all things. So you just never know.

I would also suggest trying to look for foreign recipes.  Maybe you could find something that you had never thought of that sounds like something he may like.

Thank you for all the suggestions-  I think a lot of it is texture and the way things blend together.   
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Zilla on October 26, 2007, 02:47:31 PM
I made a hamburger using beans.  And I think beans are high in proteins.  

I even made a cuban style ham croquets using split peas that fooled my Dad.  LOL  PM me for recipes.

Other proteins would be in the natural organic food section, they have all sorts of proteins disguised as hot dogs, flavored like meats and other types.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Zilla on October 26, 2007, 02:48:47 PM
Have you ever tried sunflower butter?  Totally peanut and tree-nut free, and virtually indistinguishable from peanut butter.

That was what I was going to suggest as well. It is called Sunbutter. If you google it, you should be able to find some. It does taste different from peanut butter but has the same texture. It also comes in a couple different varieties, one with honey in it. PM me if you want to get ahold of some and can't find it.

Tahini also tastes like peanut butter.  I would use a bit of honey to sweeten it.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Ornery on October 26, 2007, 02:57:45 PM
In our bunch the usual tactic of dealing with picky eaters is to starve them out.   By that, I mean not cater to their every whim.   They will eat when they get hungry enough.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Squeaks on October 26, 2007, 03:00:46 PM

Thank you for all the suggestions-  I think a lot of it is texture and the way things blend together.   

Well it if the things blend together let him eat more things individually or in a mix and match build your own style.  Maybe encourage him to experiment and make his own sandwiches for instance - and let him try anything he wants so long as it is not dangerous or illegal - who care if it is odd.  If it is texture - try to find out what bothers him and look for the farthest opposite as a start.  Honestly if my mother would have tried to get me to eat a raw carrot rather than cooked - i suspect i would be less fussy now - it would not really have been that much of an accommodation - but it just never dawn on her - she just kept trying to make it taste good to her. 


I also had another suggestion you mentioned that he likes processed cheese/soft cheese etc. Have you tried making something similar yourself that would be healthier.  I have made home made cheese cheese sauces that were essentially a basic butter and flower rue with some milk/cream and lots of cheese - but i tend to like sauces really really think - to a comical point - so i would tend to about double the cheese - you end up with something similar in consistency to the things he likes - think but spreadable and smooth. I would put it on pasta - but if you let it cool - it tends to be rather thick - if you could find cheese flavors he likes - maybe he would like a home made thick cheese sauce spread on a bagel like cream cheese for instance. you would even put it on tortilla chips and call it nachos - it was too thick to be a  real  dip. 

With a little experimentation i bet you could find a way to make something similar to the processed cheese, but healthier for him.

Just an idea.

Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: freakyfemme on October 26, 2007, 03:07:48 PM
Another incredibly picky childhood eater here.

Have you tried telling him that he is NOT ALLOWED to throw up? That's what my mom eventually did because I also had an uncontrollable gag reflex. Mashed potatoes -- instant gag. Any casserole -- same thing. There were five of us kids, and one day she decided she'd have enough and told me she would.not.tolerate.it.anymore.

I didn't dare throw up again.


Of course I swore I would never treat my kids like that and never ever ever make them eat things they didn't like....but I've begun to see her side just a little.

You mean, you actually forced yourself not to vomit because your mom said so?  Anyway, I have some ideas, being a vegetarian myself, I can definitely empathize with a child not wanting to eat meat, even if it's just because it's "yucky," and not for ethical reasons......I think meat is pretty "yucky" too, lol.  Anyway, here they are:

-Cut-up pitas and veggie sticks with hummus

-Vegetarian chili in a Thermos (maybe throw some cut-up vegetarian hot dogs in there if he likes them, or give him some grated cheese and a hamburger bun or taco shell so he can make his own sloppy joes or tacos).

-Canned pasta in a Thermos (same as above)

-Kraft Dinner in a Thermos (you can add all kinds of things to this, I always add chick peas and green peppers, and sometimes sliced carrots too).

-Soup in a Thermos

-Mini veggie subs on hot dog buns with grated cheese instead of "normal" cheese

-Stuffed veggie pitas or wraps (same as above)

-Cheese Pizza Lunchables (maybe as a special treat)

-Cold pasta salad with beans or chick peas in it.

Also, does your son have access to a microwave at school?  If so, there are tons of TV dinners and microwaveable foods that your son could take to school.  There's Easy Mac, Campbell's Soup at Hand, little plastic microwaveable containers of various kinds of canned pasta, and tons of other stuff like that.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Twik on October 26, 2007, 03:09:40 PM
In our bunch the usual tactic of dealing with picky eaters is to starve them out.   By that, I mean not cater to their every whim.   They will eat when they get hungry enough.

Well, that's not necessarily true - or at least, they'll eat a few things, and maybe learn to sneak food.

The "gag reflex" may be the culprit here. I had a lot of illnesses as a toddler, and I threw up a lot. Remember, the body has an inner control that associates vomiting with bad food. So, each time I threw up after green beans, or macaroni, or whatever, my body went, "Well, cross THAT stuff off the list of things which are edible!"

It took me a while of eating nothing but peanut butter, toast, fish sticks and canned peas. But with (gentle) encouragement, I learned to expand my eating horizons once I stopped throwing up. Until the OP is sure that no physical problem is causing the gagging, insisting on the child eating food they can't tolerate will create a vicious circle of gagging and food-phobias.

(And "not allowed" to throw up? I doubt that would work any more than "not allowing" me to have a runny nose, or bloody knees after falling on the sidewalk. I would have been VERY happy, thank you, not to have to throw up.)
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: freakyfemme on October 26, 2007, 03:19:51 PM
In our bunch the usual tactic of dealing with picky eaters is to starve them out.   By that, I mean not cater to their every whim.   They will eat when they get hungry enough.

Well, that's not necessarily true - or at least, they'll eat a few things, and maybe learn to sneak food.

The "gag reflex" may be the culprit here. I had a lot of illnesses as a toddler, and I threw up a lot. Remember, the body has an inner control that associates vomiting with bad food. So, each time I threw up after green beans, or macaroni, or whatever, my body went, "Well, cross THAT stuff off the list of things which are edible!"

It took me a while of eating nothing but peanut butter, toast, fish sticks and canned peas. But with (gentle) encouragement, I learned to expand my eating horizons once I stopped throwing up. Until the OP is sure that no physical problem is causing the gagging, insisting on the child eating food they can't tolerate will create a vicious circle of gagging and food-phobias.

(And "not allowed" to throw up? I doubt that would work any more than "not allowing" me to have a runny nose, or bloody knees after falling on the sidewalk. I would have been VERY happy, thank you, not to have to throw up.)

Pod.....also, I'd sure like to be able to fall down without risking a skinned knee, or at least, I would have LOVED that as a child......many more fast bike rides, Rollerblade stunts, attempted cartwheels (no, I never succeeded)....but seriously, I don't get "not allowing" a child to throw up, because it's an involuntary bodily function.  Also, another poster stated that her mother only "allowed" her to "dislike" certain foods that are "commonly disliked by many people."  Well, I can't stand hard-boiled eggs, egg salad, or ANYTHING with mayonnaise in it, but a lot of people like those things, so if I'd been raised in that household, would I have been forced to eat eggs and mayonnaise?  Also, I won't touch applesauce either, because the consistency is disgusting to me.  Would that have flown?  I guess what I'm asking is, should EVERY SINGLE ONE of a child's likes, dislikes, preferences, opinions, and needs be put on trial?  I really don't think so, because you wouldn't do that to an adult.  Now, if it was a matter of a child who would only eat one food (like in the children's book "Bread and Jam for Frances,") then yes, I'd do something about that, after waiting out that "phase" for a reasonable amount of time (in the book, Frances got sick of bread and jam after a week, lol), but after that, I'd start looking into other options.  I wouldn't force the issue, though, I'd probably hide healthy things inside already-liked foods, for example, if my child only ate grilled cheese, I'd grate some pears into the cheese, or if my child only ate spaghetti sauce, I'd puree vegetables into the sauce.  Also, a lot of kids like smoothies, so that's another route to go. 
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: waterwren on October 26, 2007, 03:27:31 PM
Have you ever tried sunflower butter?  Totally peanut and tree-nut free, and virtually indistinguishable from peanut butter.

And incredibly tasty.

"He eats lots of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. "


 So get a vegetarian nutrition book  and learn how to combine grains to make a protein.  And send those for lunch.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: scansons on October 26, 2007, 03:32:45 PM
My mom had a picky eater (not me).  She found that things presented in a fun way worked better.  Broccoli was perfectly acceptable when it was refereed to as "tiny trees", and Brussel sprouts went down fine when they were served as "Little Lettuce".  

Also, why not serve somethings mixed with other things he likes.  For instance, if he eats cream cheese, have you tried homemade cheese spread of some kind.  We like 8 ounces of cream cheese, 16 ounces of cheddar cheese, and about half a cup of standard yellow mustard.  Shred the cheddar cheese, pop everything in the food processor, and process until fluffy and spreadable.  It's wonderful stuff on crackers and sandwiches.  And oh so much better than processed cheese.  You may want to add more mustard to taste.  

Also, what about salami rolled around a center of cream cheese.  One of my favorites.  
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: freakyfemme on October 26, 2007, 03:34:35 PM
Have you ever tried sunflower butter?  Totally peanut and tree-nut free, and virtually indistinguishable from peanut butter.

And incredibly tasty.

"He eats lots of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. "


 So get a vegetarian nutrition book  and learn how to combine grains to make a protein.  And send those for lunch.

It's easy, you just combine proteins with whole grains.  So, a PBJ on whole-wheat bread is complete protein, as is a whole-wheat pita with hummus, or rice/pasta/couscous with chick peas (or whatever).  For a snack, a granola bar with nuts is a good bet (but obviously not in school).  There are other combinations too, those are just the ones I thought up right now.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: waterwren on October 26, 2007, 03:46:44 PM
Have you ever tried sunflower butter?  Totally peanut and tree-nut free, and virtually indistinguishable from peanut butter.

And incredibly tasty.

"He eats lots of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. "


 So get a vegetarian nutrition book  and learn how to combine grains to make a protein.  And send those for lunch.

It's easy, you just combine proteins with whole grains.  So, a PBJ on whole-wheat bread is complete protein, as is a whole-wheat pita with hummus, or rice/pasta/couscous with chick peas (or whatever).  For a snack, a granola bar with nuts is a good bet (but obviously not in school).  There are other combinations too, those are just the ones I thought up right now.


  I have no luck with vegetarian cooking...Meats, stews, soups, spaghette sauce, no recipe needed.  Anything with out meats - forget.  I've tried to go vegetarian for specific periods in the Buddhist Calendar and actually landed myself in the hospital.  That's why I was suggesting a recipe book
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Audreyb on October 26, 2007, 03:59:30 PM
What worked for me was telling my son that he needed to eat a lot of good foods to grow big and strong.  I swear I've never seen a kid convince himself that he loved broccoli before but thats what he did ( I don't even like broccoli).  We also discuss the benefits of the different foods that are on the dinner table and it seemed to help interest him in trying them out.  So by saying something like "it might look weird but it's super good and will help you grow big and strong try some"  Maybe that would help.  Do you have a wall that you mark his height on?  I would measure him up on the wall before attempting the above dialog in the evening and see if that helps motivate him to try foods that will make him grow.  Good luck 
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: wheeitsme on October 26, 2007, 04:14:54 PM
This is weird, but if it's the texture and from what you've said, he likes soft foods, what about some baby foods?
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Summrs on October 26, 2007, 04:58:20 PM
My kids weren't particularly picky eaters, but one meal they loved was velveeta fondue.  Yes, *that* velveeta, lol.  Just melt some with milk to make a good dip consistency and serve it to them with apple slices, lightly steamed broccoli and crusty bread to dip in it.  Give them a skewer to make it more fun.  Substitute the broccoli for any veggie he will eat... green beans, whatever. 

For school sandwiches, hummus is a good idea if he'll eat it.  Hummus on bread with cucumbers and lettuce or spinach leaves.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: Lisbeth on October 26, 2007, 05:52:34 PM
In our bunch the usual tactic of dealing with picky eaters is to starve them out.   By that, I mean not cater to their every whim.   They will eat when they get hungry enough.

That's what I would do.  Unless a medical or religious restriction is involved, I do not cater to picky eaters.  I don't go out of my way to serve only or primarily foods they don't like, but I won't put up with "I won't eat that/gross/disgusting/yuck etc.", especially if it's from a kid who is in my charge.

I'll tell them, "Well, when you get hungry, there's breakfast/lunch/supper" and point to whatever has been served.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: curly on October 26, 2007, 07:57:17 PM
string cheese, cereal and milk, cottage cheese, protein bars, beef/turkey jerky
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: wazzer on October 26, 2007, 08:00:10 PM
bacon?  Not terribly healthy, but it's protein.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: cicero on October 27, 2007, 04:57:03 AM
Argh-My post just got erased.

There are no medical  issues involved-his gag reflex is self-evoked-and he will vomit.

He eats lots of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.  He is neither overweight nor underweight. 

What I need is protein suggestions.  Either things I have not thought of or ways to mask protein.

I am not interested in getting into parenting issues at this time.

ok - you ended up with a lot of parenting advice but little nutritional advice.

I will repeat my first reply to you: can you forgo the protein for that meal? if he is getting enuf protein for breakfast and dinner, then he may not need that much protein, and you can use the lunch meal to focus on the whole grains, vegetables and fruits. so just a whole grain roll or two, some cut up veggies, fruit, and a cookie.

I don't know if he eats beans and lentils - you didn't mention that. but if he does, then all you need to do is match up the legume with a whole grain and you have your whole protein, such as:

hummous spread and pita
whole grain rice with beans
black bean with whole grain tortilla
mujadara (a middle eastern dish with rice and green or black lentils - i make it with whole grain rice).
stir fry vegetables with either nuts (are kids allowed to bring any nuts to school? are cashews ok?) or tofu if he will eat it plus rice or noodles.
cold whole wheat noodles with vegetables and tahini sauce (originally this is with peanut butter sauce but you can make it with tahini mixed with soy sauce as well).
anything with mushrooms which are considered a protein.
anything with quinoa which is also considered a protein.

if you need help with specific recipes - holler.
Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: waterwren on October 28, 2007, 01:25:59 PM
Core an apple _ don't peel it just core it.

Take Cream cheese and raisins mix together. ( I like this with walnuts but since he's not allowed PB I suspect the walnuts will be verboten too) put cream cheese mix in center of cored  apple.
 We used to use it when we went on hikes as kids - it holds well.

Title: Re: Picky children-any suggestions
Post by: MOM21SON on October 28, 2007, 06:57:58 PM
Core an apple _ don't peel it just core it.

Take Cream cheese and raisins mix together. ( I like this with walnuts but since he's not allowed PB I suspect the walnuts will be verboten too) put cream cheese mix in center of cored  apple.
 We used to use it when we went on hikes as kids - it holds well.



Sorry, I am kitchen challenged.  How do you core an apple without cutting the whole thing?  This sounds great!