Posted in Behavior, Food & Cooking, Preschoolers

Picky eaters

Kee

I have a 3yo who wants happy meals for breakfast,lunch and dinner 🤦🏾‍♀️ When i say no she will ask for noodles or paw patrol snacks!! I told her pediatrician about it and she said it’s just a phase. In reality I can’t continue that non nutritious path. She hates all veggies and burnt out on oatmeal lol. Any ideas for kid friendly meals?? Ps: I’m trying chicken quesadillas today🤞🏾

  • B
    Feb 20

    Have you tried having her help cook? I find doing things they like and something new on the same plate helps, esp if they help prepare the something new

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Feb 20

    My sister went thru this with her daughter she only ate chocolate muffins and a few other things lol... try things like "princess" pizza.. my son loves pasta (it's a big kid loving dish) get some red sauce and maybe some cool shaped pasta.. also try grapes, cucumbers, hot dogs with fries... tell her it's from the same place where happy meals are from. Or maybe get a box from McDonalds and put a meal in it and say it's a new happy meal? Good luck momma.. I feel your pain! It will pass.. also, dipping sauce is key!!! Let her dip apples in caramel or hot dog in ketchup. Cucumbers in Italian dressing etc...

  • Kee
    Feb 21

    @ B awesome idea! She loves play cooking with me so why not try the real thing!? Maybe she will like what she creates and feel excited about it

  • Kee
    Feb 21

    @ Holly I am going to McDonald’s TODAY and telling them I will pay for a empty kids meal box!!!!! Omgoodness!!!! Lifesaver and she loves to dip!!! Maybe I need to order cutouts online to start shaping her food !! You guys are awesome thank you!

  • MommyDear
    Feb 21

    You’re not alone, it is a phase. My son went through the same thing and now eats like a pro! Loves to help with the grocery shopping & meal prep. I recently bought him a set of play pretend food & dishes and he loves ‘making meals’. This might help them learn more about food groups and encourage them to try new things. One thing I did a lot throughout his ‘picky’ phase was simply prep a plate of a couple of entrees, fruits & veggies (example: quesadilla, hot dog, broccoli, carrots, grapes, strawberries) and place it where he could reach. Leave it there for a couple hours and slowly he would eat some pieces here & there. Same thing for lunch and dinner. The best thing to do is offer a variety of foods and place it to their reach. Regardless, don’t stress too much over this, it’ll pass and your little one will be eating meals in no time. If you are concerned about him not eating anything (like mine did) try pediatric protein shakes. I would just ad an ounce or two to his cup of milk. The only downside of this is that they can get used to having a full tummy from the protein and might not want food at all but this can replace the nutrients he’s not getting at the moment. It could be just a temporary fix until you little one is ready or interested in food again. Also, remember your kids will most likely grow up with the eating habits parent have so if you eat junk food and get your kids used to junk food, then that’s all they’ll know and want. Healthy habits begin at home and hopefully you can establish a healthy lifestyle for their future.

  • Kee
    Feb 21

    @mommy dear thank you for that!!!!!!! I will try it for sure

  • Triny
    Feb 21

    We are going thru the same thing here, i am hoping it is just a phase, just cant wait to get it over with it. On the bright side, she loves cellery so i try to always have that in the house. The only other things she will eat is chicken nuggets, pepperoni pizza and soup 🤦🏻‍♀️, oh and of course candy 🙄

  • Alexis
    Feb 21

    They always say one item they like and some new ones helps this is what my daycare infant ate today. She loved it

  • Lynn
    Feb 22

    My kids fight over vegetables when they are raw. My oldest started eating vegetables when I let her food prep with me and she and I would taste the vegetables as I cut them. Eggplant is disgusting raw btw. She eats most vegetables, but only raw except carrots and corn. My other will eat them raw or cooked. My advice is get them cooking with you. Describe how things taste, texture, smell, etc. taste test before and after cooking. And when they don’t eat vegetables or anything for that matter, I don’t say anything at all other than, it looks like you are done with your meal, let’s pick up. It doesn’t matter if they skip meals. 🤷‍♀️