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Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:42 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Lots of good ideas here ... don't get too 'uptight' about it. My kids went through phases: only starches, only meat, only carrots, etc. Or at least that's the way it seemed sometimes. When I really paid attention, they got everything they needed over time.
I do agree that it's important to limit the junk foods and to make sure that a variety of healthy snacks are available. The younger you start, the easier it will be.
Broccoli cut up fine will do fine in some of the 'hide 'em' recipes and is high in desirable nutrients. Don't forget ants on a log & celery with cream cheese. Give the little ones small table knives or spoons and let them do the 'cooking'. (Make sure their hands are clean because you may have to admire what a tasty treat they made!)
Healthy eating is fun!
Sat Mar 19, 2005 4:25 amRegular "Line Cook" Poster
I prepared various salads for lunch mainly for the adults and had raw carrot matchsticks served in a separate bowl. For the 4 year old who is a picky eater, there were other eats with a small bowl of his favourite tomato ketchup.
A great surprise when his whole lunch consisted of most of the carrot sticks, with each one dipped in tomato ketchup. We quickly set up the procedure that each stick is only dipped once, so that reduced the amount of tomato ketchup that was eaten.
And now this is his favourite snack at any time of day, and I think the little individual bowls of carrot and ketchup are part of the appeal.
Sat Mar 19, 2005 10:22 amNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Just a quick note about the advice from the "Plunket Nurse".
It does not say anywhere that we must feed our kids vegies, I agree with that - but where is the manual???? It is only common sense to feed our children with as much pure nutrition as possible - has this nurse ever considered why disease in on the rise, ADHD, asthma, and all auto immune disorders are common place in todays society. Childhood diabetes was never heard of when I was a kid. Does this nurse actually understand how the body processes nutrition? More to the point Phytonutrients - IT IS IMPORTANT to have a healthy diet. Maybe some of you curious mums would like to investigate the "Cell to Cell" communication factor - this is directly linked to poor quality nutrition and highly processed foods. If you don't have efficient Cell to Cell communication - you get sick - and I'm not only talking about a common cold, when you get sick - your cells have gotten sick first. ALL DISEASE STARTS THIS WAY.
Of course no child will "Starve itself to death" - this is absurd.
But there is a difference in being Nutrient Defficient as opposed to being Calorie Defficient. Our children are definately Nutrient Defficient.
Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:40 amNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
All kids are different in what they're willing to eat. One thing that seems to work for us is dipping. Have ready in the fridge a selection of raw veggies - broccoli, carrots, celery, raw peppers, baby corn (from a can - very popular) and dips - low fat yogurt mixed with a little onion soup mix, plain vinegar, bottled salad dressing, whatever you think they like. If they want some kind of chip snack they have to eat x number of veggies first. This also works with cut up fruit and a melted chocolate bar (melt in a pyrex dish in the microwave) or flavored yogurt.
Also - by the time they reach their teens anything you have available for consumption will be consumed. If you want them to eat healthy, only keep healthy stuff in the house.
Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:36 pmFood.com Groupie
We all agree that it it important to try to get our children to eat in a healthy way. How wonderful that we have each other to bounce ideas off of in a supportive and friendly environment.
I am enjoying reading about what others are doing. Let's make sure we keep in mind that we are all in different situations and keep it positive and helpful. Thanks!
Sat Mar 19, 2005 10:21 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Sadly, I'm posting this note to disagree with the statement that "no normal kid will starve to death". That may be a bit overstated, but the medical facts are that most children are under nourished today. They are existing on processed, nutritionless foods filled with sugar. The average child consumes 5 pounds of sugar a week, with the obvious results. Dr. William Sears, America's Pediatrition, tells us that 40 million kids have high cholesterol and by age 12, 70% have the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries. The national epidemic of insulin resistence and Type 2 (adult) Diabetes in children as young as 6 years should shock any parent into reality.
The Dietary Guidelines were changed in the past couple of months, recommending 9-13 fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Our family found it impossible to even consume 5-9 so we took Dr. Sears advice and added a supplement called Juice Plus+ to our diets. It's an incredibly easy and inexpensive whole food supplement that adds 17 fruits, veggies and grains to our diet. You can check out the science behind it by going to www.carolsjuicynews.com. We LOVE it and have been taking it for over 5 years.
Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:07 amFood.com Groupie
Yes, it is very important to try hard to get good nutrition into our children and to teach them early that good nutrition is important. That is why forums like this kid friendly one exist, to give us good ideas to help our kids.
Off to get ready for work. (Yes, I work Sundays.) Hope everyone has a good day!
Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:27 amNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
2 out of 3 of my boys were once picky eaters now 1 loves veggies and the other loves meat. ive done lots of experiments to try and get both to eat veggies and meat at the dinner table. the best ones ive come up with are:
chicken with pureed veggies, brown chicken then throw in all they veggies you like into the one pot with either a cup of water or sometype of stock then let all veggies cook, once done i shred up the chicken and puree the veggies, add all back together and then they( the kids) get it all at once, i really havent gotten any complaints, note this could be done with pork or beef as well.
i do a home made spagetti sauce:
i learned over in italy, its amazing what you can put in it, i do carrots, onions, garlic, crushed tomatoes, celery, green olives, black greek olives, mushrooms, and then a big can of tomatoes sauce, season to taste, add ground meat if you like, then after everything is done cooking, i simmer all day, i put in blender and either chop or puree it depends if you want chunks or not, my boys still dont know whats in it but they like their spagetti once a week.
as for fruits:
i try to always have them, i put the out at every meal, on weekends i keep them at the table so if they want to snack they're right there. ive noticed that it helps if i let them pick them out at the store, why not they're the ones im trying to get to eat them, after we are home i let them help wash and melon ball or even use the apple slicer to cut them that way in the end its all their doing and then when it comes to eating them they cant complain to me, i didnt pick them out, but at least they are trying something new.
for snack idea:
i like to find dipping sauces that the kids like( 1 likes blue cheese and honey mustard, the other likes everything with peanut butter, sour cream or mayo) then keep them in stock so if they do want a snack they can dip their carrots(i buy the baby ones they love them), tomato wedges, (taste way better with something on them), i even got my oldest to start on cucumber slices this year, its amazing if they see me eating them, with cheese, sour cream , or sliced ham, then they ask to try it, then they learn to try new things and to see if they like them or not. also i do celery sticks with peanut butter down the middle and put raisins and baby marshmellows on top of that the kids help and think they are cute so why not eat them, plus it already has 3 things they like its just sitting on something different.
i hope some of these can help you out. have a good day.
Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:00 pmExperienced "Head Chef" Poster
This is a really hard one for me. I moved in with my boyfriend and his 13 year old son a year ago. The son, whom we will call the WPE ("World's Pickiest Eater") has been indulged in his bad eating habits all of his life and now suddenly I am on the scene trying to introduce something remotely healthy and some different choices, all at the same time.
When I say he is the WPE, I'm not kidding. This kid literally will not eat ANY vegetables at all. We've tried threatening, forcing, cajoling, bribing, everything else you can think of. If he is coerced into trying something, he will run to the sink and actually vomit it back up. He has basically trained himself to vomit on command. And if he isn't near a sink or toilet - he'll just vomit right there on the table or floor. Yes, I know - spoiled rotten.
Besides not eating vegetables, the only things he will eat are some meats and all the typical junk that kids like. He rarely tries any of the differently prepared meats I have made - usually takes one tiny taste, then spits it back out and refuses to eat it. Yes, he will actually starve himself rather than try something he doesn't like. He only likes pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, and macaroni & cheese. And, of course, sugary treats, cookies, ice cream, candy, etc.
I have made just a little bit of progress in the past year. I have found a couple of fruits he will eat occasionally. I have also found a couple of new dishes - mostly roasts or other meat-heavy dishes - that he will eat. But, I have made no progress at all in the veggie department.
My next goal is to make a good spaghetti sauce with veggies pureed in. He will sometimes eat spaghetti, but he will literally pick apart a dish to see what is in it, and reject it if he even suspects there are veggies hidden inside. So, dicing is out. It has to be pureed, and the flavors have to be sufficiently blended and hidden so that he doesn't catch on.
The downside to this is that I have to do it when he's not around, because if he sees it, he will just reject any spaghetti sauce I offer.
Gee, this came out to be a long post. Sorry everybody! Didn't mean to turn this into a rant. The bottom line is, I'm still trying and threads like this are very useful as different ideas pop up. If I ever find the One True Way, I'll be sure to let y'all know!
Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:18 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Oh my God Digigirl, what a nightmare. Without knowing all the facts I would say that this kid has more problems than just not eating his vegies. I tell you what though, I would stop supplying all the junk that he does like. Do it slowly of course so he doesn't get too upset about the lack of goodies on supply and keep up the good work with your spaghetti sauces and hiding the vegies. I don't have any great solutions for you I'm sorry but know that you're not alone. One suggestion I have is, go to a dietrician in your area and explain the situation. He/she may have some bright ideas to help you along.
Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:31 pmExperienced "Head Chef" Poster
Thanks! It's good to know I'm not just nuts.
He does have some additional issues. He has ADHD / ODD / Bi-polar syndromes and has been taking medication for those since he was about 5. These all contribute to his normal kid-pickiness, plus on top of that, because of those issues, I think his father and grandmother just basically spoiled him and let him control things way too much.
We are making some progress, I think. There are no more "goodies" in the house, and haven't been for a while. He still manages to get candy at school, from friends, etc. But, at least it's minimized. Lol. I'm the ol-meanie, but I figure his health and more appropriate eating habits by the time he is grown are more important than being popular.
A dietician is a great idea. I have been trying to explain to him why it's so important that he eat more variety, but of course, I'm just his dad's stupid girlfriend, after all, what do I know? Maybe a Doctor would be able to make more of a dent.
I also want to get him into the kitchen to have him help cook. He has expressed occasionally hints of interest in that direction, and I'm hoping that if he decides he likes cooking, he will become more adventurous as he gets more into it. We'll see what happens!
Again, thanks for the support. It's very nice to hear.
Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:10 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
This is information you need to know - go to www.glycoscience.org and have a look at what Glyconutrients can do for you and your predicament.
These disorders you speak of are slowly being proven to be directly linked with nutritional deficiencies. Let me know what you think of this site. Actually it is great for everyone to look at. I don't think going to a Doctor will make a dent, as Doctors do not learn about nutrition in medical school. They will say something like "don't worry, he is growing, isn't he".
Nutrition is not generally linked with disease, according to the medical profession. This myth is slowly being undone.
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Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:11 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
That sounds cool. My only issue is that there's too much emphasis on sweets. It's totally true what another poster states below - sweets change your buds and a better way is to incorporate veggies into standard food.
In our family we tend to have kids picky about a few veggies, but not across the board. However, this is what my family does:
1) Presentation - this is very important. Try to pair up veggies in bright and contrasting color. For example, corn and carrots and scallions are good color combinations. Also, it's good idea to cut vegetables into smaller pieces so they don't look so intimadating. Cutting into pretty or cute shapes also helps.
2) Smell - usually it works well if the vegetables smell good, so instead of just tossing it in a salad, we bake it with herbs and seasonings, or cook it in fragrant broth.
3) Instead of serving a whole plate of vegetables at once and say "eat this first", usually my mother place plates with only basic grain (noodle, pasta, rice, etc) on the table first, and then she scoop a moderate serving of vegetable together with a small serving of meat, and then sometimes she'll just serve the vegetables. Occasionally she'll encourage us to go more for the veggies.
4) Othertimes she just make stirfry rice or noodles, and then she'll put TONS of veggies in and only a few slice of meat in the entire dish.
The trick is to begin early and make vegetable seem an indispensible part of a meal, but not in an obligatory sense. Good dishes to try are noodles and paellas, for which you should add at least 2 cups of veggies for 1 cup of rice/noodle. Also, broth-based soup and curries are an awesome choice too. Have fun and good luck!
Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:15 pmExperienced "Head Chef" Poster
The trick is to begin early and make vegetable seem an indispensible part of a meal, but not in an obligatory sense.
Sigh. If only I had been here then.....
And thanks, GlycoMum. I'm checking out that site. I've known there is info about nutrition and how it affects those disorders out there, but because I'm having such a hard time just even getting him to eat even remotely normal, I really hadn't looked for it much, figuring I'd never be able to get him to eat the prescribed meals anyway! But I'll definitely take a look and see what I can work into his diet.
Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky!
Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:25 pmFood.com Groupie
Ok, Digigirl, I'm suddenly feeling much better about my own picky eater!
Out of pure nosiness...what are his consequences for vomiting? I don't mean a punishment, necessarily, but does he have to clean it up? Does he have to apologize to everyone, esp if he does it at the table? Like I said, pure nosiness. I've never heard of a kid reacting so violently. It does make me feel better though.
I have no worthwhile advice for you, other than to try and hide them in muffins and bread. Good luck, and hang in there!
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