All you Mommies and Daddies of small children, come, collectively scream with me, won’t you?
Why the scream? Ugh…the food battles are so in full swing with my youngest. I remember this phase oh so well with Cooper.
Getting him to eat was always quite a feat. If we were going to the park, I used to have to make him eat FIRST otherwise, I’d never get him to stop playing so that he would eat. He’s 5 now and eats in an extremely satisfactory manner. I mean, he’s not going to enjoy Indian food (except for maybe some Naan) with me or anything, but it’ll do.
This is nothing but hope for me as I attempt to get Chase to diversify his food tastes.
Currently he will willingly eat the following foods:
-almost all carbohydrates except rice, pasta or goldfish crackers. Crackers, chips, bread, pancakes, etc. are all winners with him. (Incidentally, I have called his elder brother and his father my “Carbohydrate Kings” on multiple occasions in the span of 8 years.)
– yogurt. this is good because I have found the blessing that is Horizon’s Little Blends; yogurt blended with strawberry and carrots or sweet potatoes and bananas.
-most fruit. for some reason, the child has never liked bananas.
-cheese. he would eat this all day and night if i let him. he prefers colby-jack but I can’t really get him to eat the white mozzerella cheese sticks.
-Kelli McGill’s pulled italian beef, meatloaf (only if it’s bbq), and salmon cakes (think crab cakes but with salmon). The child won’t eat any other meat. No surprise here because I know most kids don’t like meat. (Funny how we push it on them, huh?)
And yet, even with these things being foods that are “acceptable” to Chase, he still might choose to reject a previous “favorite”. For example, notice there are no vegetables on that list. Yeah. Not. One. He used to love and adore broccoli, and then he just decided he hated it. I still put veggies in front of him, but if I want him to eat them then I have to get sneaky.
The answer? Smoothies. Carrot juice and spinach are the 2 veggies I put in our smoothies and so far it’s working. That’s how I get bananas in him too.
Sigh. Anyway, I know that one day he will grow up to be a perfectly normal adult with probably decent balance in his nutrition choices. In the mean time, I have 5 new gray hairs. I’m not kidding.