No Food For Me Please!

April 11th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

Such a picky eater, birthday cake didn’t even make the cut!

When my oldest son was born, I read everything that I could on nutrition and the best foods to feed his developing mind.  After breastfeeding him exclusively for the first 6 months, I slowly started introducing new foods.  Against the recommendation of my pediatrician (who I promptly quit using), I made all my own baby food using fresh, organic fruits and veggies.  It was easy, saved money and time, and I knew exactly what went into his food.

As the years passed, I’ve continued to be cautious about the foods that I let Reece eat.  Thankfully, that kid will eat anything and everything!!  Spinach, avocados, tomatoes, steak, sprouts – you name it he’ll eat it.  I remember once I ordered ahi tuna tacos and almost threw up with the first bite, Reece who was 5 at the time – happily ate the rest of the tacos.  Cooking for him has always been a breeze – I don’t have to be creative or put much thought into meals.  If I want him to eat a super healthy meal, he will oblige without batting an eye.

Myles on the other hand has no interest in food or eating.  There are only a handful of foods that he will consistently eat – cherrios, Snapea Crisps (his very fave), applesauce pouches (seriously only if it’s in a pouch), YoBaby yogurt (especially blueberry), and
cooked carrots.  Most of the time, he will try a bite or two of whatever I feed him and then the “no-s” set in.  For awhile, panic was building inside me as the months passed and he continued to be a picky eater, I was worried about him getting too small.  There were times when I’ve given him junk food (fries for dinner anyone?) just to get something in his tummy.  He is a tiny little peanut (seriously I think he weighs 21 pounds or so) and I want to make sure he continues to grow.  But giving him junk like french fries (which are actually on his “will always eat list” as well) just isn’t going to
cut it.  So I’ve been forced to be more creative in my meal planning.  Pinterest
has certainly done its job there – so many cute and fun food recipe ideas!

I’ve also found that he is more likely to eat if it’s “my” food (but feeding him off
my plate isn’t going to work long term– I doubt when he’s in college he’ll want
to come home to eat dinner with me every night).  We have also started a “one bite” rule – he has to try one bite of all the food on his plate and then if he eats all of certain
thing (like all his soup) he can have more of that item.  Over time as I continue to offer the same items, my hope is that he will eventually start eating more than one bite.

As always, along with my Wednesday blog is our “Win it Wednesday” giveaway!  If you are a mom like me, I like to try foods before I give them to my kids, so this week we teamed up with, PJ’s Organics, who donated TWELVE (12) free product vouchers! That means you won’t feel guilty trying a few of the products before using them to feed your kiddos.  The company creates hand-rolled authentic Mexican burritos, enchiladas, taquitos and flautas, using organic ingredients sourced locally whenever possible.  It’s a great option for a quick meal on the go that is still nutritious (100% USDA organic certificed meat and GMO-free!)

What is your child’s favorite meal? Let us know below or on Facebook for a chance to win this week’s prize.  Make sure you “like” us on Facebook for your entry to count!

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Contest ends April 13th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.  Winner will be posted on Facebook on April 14th, 2012.  Good luck!

Don’t forget that we also are running our April Temper Tantrum Contest – visit our “Terrific Temper Tantrums” tab on our Facebook page for details!

11 Responses to “No Food For Me Please!”

  1. April 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm, Michaela said:

    I can’t believe your ex-pediatrician was against homemade baby food?! That’s strange!

    The foods my kids always ask for 2nds and sometimes 3rds are pizzas and oatmeal. We make our homemade pizzas out of wheat flour and load it up with veggies. They love it more if they get to help make it. And the oatmeal always gets some kind of fruit, cinnamon, yogurt combination (with honey or brown sugar) that the kids always get excited about.

    Generally if something is unhealthy we find a way to make it better. Baked sweet potatoes instead of fried french fries. Veggie burgers, whole wheat mac n cheese with broccoli. If it’s essential that they eat a food they don’t like we play games like “I eat 2, you eat 2″ to get it done. Aside from the occasional food tantrums and stubbornness I think we’ve got them loving healthy food so far.

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  2. April 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm, Sarah Acri said:

    Liked PJ’s organics for an extra entry!!

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  3. April 12, 2012 at 12:32 am, Cindy said:

    Shared on facebook!

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  4. April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm, Sarah L said:

    No kids. My favorite meal is any that has fish.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  5. April 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm, Sarah L said:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/283515739012014777/ win

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  6. April 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm, Sarah L said:

    Pinterest follow you: slehan

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  7. April 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm, Sarah L said:

    https://twitter.com/#!/slehan/status/190510829538521088

    Sorry. Didn’t realize that the tweet link in your post didn’t come from me.

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  8. April 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm, Sarah L said:

    FB like you: Slehan

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  9. April 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm, deanna hanson said:

    mac and cheese of course

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