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Refuses any meat

Anonymous

My almost 2 year old daughter hates meat. I’ve tried different types of meat, different seasoning, baked, breaded, grilled, even Mc Donald’s chicken nuggets. Wants nothing to do with it. Her diet consists of veggies, noodles, and potatoes, and yet she’s been the same weight for the past 8 months. She’s just such a picky eater I don’t know what to do any more. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    Meatballs? Ground meat? How long has she been refusing meat? There are other ways to get her protein in.. off the top of my head - tofu and chickpeas. Every once in a while my son refuses meat completely and only eats veggies. We just take advantage of it because he normally refuses veggies. He also isn’t a fan of red meat. What about fish or shrimp?

  • Anonymously
    Jan 27

    Maybe purée it and mix it up with some yummy foods like sweet potato 🍠

  • Toni
    Jan 27

    If she doesn’t want the meat, why force it? Maybe load up on good fats? Avocados, peanut butter? Maybe do beans/legumes/tofu? But don’t mind me, we are vegan so I’m bias.

  • Margaret
    Jan 27

    My 20 month old was the same way. He only recently started eating meat, and even now he'll really only eat chicken nuggets or meat if it's on pizza. He loves fruit though, and eats pretty much everything else. He's always been a healthy weight, so his pediatrician wasn't too concerned. I would just find ways to get him protein. He loves peanut butter and yogurt, I've even mixed low fat refried beans into his mac and cheese (he actually loved it). If you're really concerned about her being underweight though, you could try giving her pediasure, they actually make one with added protein.

  • Holli
    Jan 27

    My son is the same way! He will eat meat on occasion but generally avoids it. Something I discovered the other day that he actually enjoyed was canned turkey and Swiss grilled cheese sandwich. Maybe try doing a chicken salad sandwich or something similar. It’s hard to get them to eat certain things sometimes but stay strong!

  • Elle
    Jan 28

    Lasagna? But, if she doesnt like the taste/texture, give it a little break for 2 months or so. Don't force it and make it a negative experience for her. In the meanwhile, focus on fulfilling her protein requirements in other ways. Google all the types of high protein foods. (Beans, legumes, tofu, etc)

  • Anonymous
    Jan 28

    Thank you all for your ideas ❤️

  • Ruth
    Jan 28

    My one year old is pretty much vegetarian (we are both pescatarian) Some good protein options we eat are Beans and things made with beans options are endless stuff from bean salad sandwich’s to brownies. Chick peas (Gabanzo bean) Falafel is delicious! Tofu she loves it surprisingly, I hated it as a kid. Peanutbutter or other nut butters. Cheeses, yogurt, cottage cheese. Even some veggies like avacado and broccoli has some protein in it. There are lots of non meat options to eat. Good luck with the meals!