Let’s face it: most parents deal with trying to get their kids to eat more – of anything. Fruit. Vegetables. Meat. Milk. Yogurt. Carbs.
Thankfully, most kids have a secret vice. (Typically it’s sugar, but let’s pretend it’s not.) They love chicken? Pack it in!! Strawberries are the fruit of the week for baby? Here – all you can eat, kiddo! Can’t get enough of those peas? Pile them in the bowl! At least they’re eating something healthy – while something else equally healthy languishes on the plate, of course.
Why does eating some things have to be so hard … yet they’ll occasionally put the weirdest foods into their mouths?
Toddler will only eat certain fruits at the moment (pears, apples, applesauce, occasionally red grapes, and pineapple – sort of, but see below), but eats pretty much any vegetable except eggplant and squash. This girl even downs spinach! Thank the Lord! Baby seems to be taking after her as well, although she’ll eat oranges and bananas with gusto. So for the moment at least, I’m not trying to hide spinach puree in her pasta, etc.
My toddler used to devour things like yogurt and fish and chicken, but now tends to really pick at those things. However, there are a few ways I can get her to eat some foods that she’ll otherwise refuse or just pick at, however weird it is. Inwardly I might barf, but hey – if it gets her to eat a little more, let’s go for it!
Sprinkles on her bagel or English muffin with peanut butter or cream cheese
I tried this once …. yuck. Let’s just say that sprinkles belong on ice cream only! But I guess it does dress up things….
Peanut butter on pineapple pieces
This sounds pretty weird and borderline gross. Nauseating, perhaps. Well, I tasted it; while it’s not vomit-inducing, I really see no reason to change sweet, perfectly ripe pineapple. What is she thinking?! But hey – this is one more fruit she’ll eat now.
Peanut butter on herbed rice
I admit, occasionally we are really short on time during dinner prep and I have to cook a (salty!) Knorr rice packet. 99% of the time we do plain rice, couscous, or pasta. Toddler doesn’t even like the prepackaged rice! Last time we made it, she asked if she could put peanut butter on it. I sort of threw up in my mouth, then obliged her. She finished her serving! Curious, I tried it … and the garlicky-peanut butter combo was actually kind of tasty! It was sort of a generic Asian flavor. Toddler-1, Mom-0.
Ketchup on white rice
What?! I can’t even. My husband puts Parmesan cheese on his rice, and I think that’s odd, but ketchup?? Eww. (Confession: I actually borderline hate ketchup!)
Now, she’s not putting soy sauce in her applesauce or ketchup in her cereal (I don’t think I’d let her, frankly), but still – these combos make me a bit queasy. Sometimes she asks for things that we flat-out deny (such as soy sauce in applesauce). I really don’t want to ruin her taste for applesauce, frankly.
What strange foods or food combos do your kids like? I’m really curious to read it!