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Feb 12, 2015

Kids: Trying to Feed Kiddos aka The Epic Battle

Ok mamas, and anyone who has ever met a child, let's talk about something that is a pretty common struggle for us all:  feeding your kids... or finding things they will eat and getting any sort of nutritious item in them.  If you are the lucky owner of a child who will eat anything, almost anything, or anything beyond fruit snacks then I applaud you.  Like, a LOT.  
My children are not good eaters.  I think you could gather as much based on the title of this post, but really, they are poor, poor eaters.  The most exotic food Avery will eat after six years of trying is salmon (but not chicken) and Greyson will only eat protein in the form of yogurt.  Also, he has a dairy sensitivity.  

 These are meals I have fed both of them at once.  Now, it is very rare (like unicorn-rare) that both of them will finish everything on the plate, let alone like everything on their plate.  But these are all meals that include things that are almost universally liked by both. 

Carrots, watermelon, gluten free chicken nuggets and greek yogurt ranch dressing

Scrambled egg and organic turkey sausage

Gluten free millet waffles with maple syrup and flax seed sprinkled on top

Peas, colby jack cheese, croissant

Apple, bagel with cream cheese and cashews

Strawberries, cashews, greek yogurt with honey

The most typical lunch: applesauce pouch, a fruit (apple) and yogurt

A meal they LOVE!  Fresh fruit, croissants and pumpkin bread (no gluten, no dairy, no nuts, no eggs. No joke.)

So, please, please, PLEASE share anything and everything that you know that children like to eat and I will attempt to feed it to my kiddos!

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13 comments:

  1. I love all the different plates you put all the fun options on! My sister always struggles as well. Her kids are great in the morning and for lunch and by dinner it's usually a wash.

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  2. My 2 year old won't eat fruits or vegetables! Only bananas, I always offer veggies with lunch and dinner but she just won't eat them, she has a really good appetite, she loves chips, so I make healthier wedges which she loves, and she also likes sauces so I find I can sneak some veggies into those too. One things which is she loves is beans and lentils so I make a lot of meals with this and they are really good for you too. I think that your kids eat really well and there's lots of variety! Its hard trying to feed little ones!

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  3. So is it weird that I want to eat all of these meals lol!! They look so well balanced and chicken nuggets, seriously my favorite thing ever!! I love all the different sections the plates have! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. I've been through the battle of feeding a picky kid and I'm happy to report that IT GETS BETTER! Taylor used to hate anything with any flavor (like ketchup for instance). She would call it spicy. She would use that term to describe anything she didn't like. She also wouldn't eat anything mint *including toothpaste or nuts/crunchy things. Now she is over almost all that stuff and eats like a regular person. I would advise to just keep treading water and occasionally try to introduce a new flavor but don't press them.

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  5. I've been through the battle of feeding a picky kid and I'm happy to report that IT GETS BETTER! Taylor used to hate anything with any flavor (like ketchup for instance). She would call it spicy. She would use that term to describe anything she didn't like. She also wouldn't eat anything mint *including toothpaste or nuts/crunchy things. Now she is over almost all that stuff and eats like a regular person. I would advise to just keep treading water and occasionally try to introduce a new flavor but don't press them.

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  6. I was SUCH a picky eater when I was a kid... oh wait. I still am haha! But if it makes you feel any better (just in case they don't grow out of their picky stage) I stayed picky my entire life but the Dr tells me I'm perfectly healthy and I haven't really missed out on anything. Although I will say it makes it incredibly awkward going out to dinner with a group of people and they want sushi or seafood (both of which I refuse to touch)! Good luck!


    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  7. Ugh the battle! Thank goodness my kids aren't too bad, but I'm realizing they get pickier as they get older. They used to eat veggies with no problem, now we have to talk them into eating them. For the most part I can't complain though.

    From what I can see your kids seem to eat well balanced though. One thing I do is always put veggies I their plate even if I know they don't like it and have them try a bite - one day it will get easier :)

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  8. With my 3 and 4 year old I make eating fruits and veggies into a game. After they eat the stuff they like I tell them I am going to close my eyes and check when I open them to see if they took a bite of fruits or veggies. They think it's fun to surprise me every time I open my eyes by eating more and more bites of the fruits/veggies.

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  9. I was a really picky eater as a kid, which in turn made my little brother be as well (my poor parents!). Thankfully, as I got older I began to enjoy a lot of foods I turned my nose up to as a kid. Love your lunch ideas for the kiddos, I may have to steal some of those ideas for myself :)

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  10. I'm coming to your house to eat! My brothers were super picky growing up and I wasn't as much, but we always had peas or broccoli "with no trunks" because of those two hah

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  11. I love all of your cute little plate ensembles! You have some lucky little kiddos. Please feel free to come feed me ANYTIME! Mine love quinoa, veggie soup (I cram in as many veggies as I can when I make it), anything Mexican & brown rice. A weirdly loves sushi & smoked salmon and W will eat veggie dumplings!

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  12. Our kids are pretty similar! My boys are the picky ones, but Luke will eat any kind of chicken as long as theres barbecue sauce on the side! It must be Sweet Baby Ray's and if we run out we are in trouble! There will be a meltdown lol. He has a dairy sensitivity also. Emily is an amazing eater and will honestly eat anything I am serving. One out of three isn't too bad i guess lol. I make homemade fries as a side quite often, maybe a little too often. As far as fruit here is a quote from my middle son when offered strawberries recently. "I only eat chocolate covered strawberries" haha If that tells you anything xo

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  13. Can I just say this post makes me feel so much better!! Miller used to eat anything and over the past few months he's gotten more and more picky. What yogurt do your kids eat? I can't get Miller to eat any dairy besides drinking milk and he doesn't even like that all that much. He will eat avocado but it has to be on toast and he loves sweet potatos and bananas. For the past few months he loved cooked peas and carrots but wouldn't even touch them last week. He pretty much hates fruit besides bananas, don't ask me why. He will eat fish sticks as long as they're drenched in ketchup or BBQ sauce and will sometimes eat chicken nuggets but those are hit or miss.

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