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Old 06-29-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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ISO meals for a picky child!!

My 5 year old son is so picky with his food! only likes crunchy things, Does anyone have any good HEALTHY food recipies?? Thank you!!

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Old 06-29-2011, 07:10 PM   #2
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Kale chips--crunchy and healthy.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/baked-k...ps/detail.aspx

Granola

deydrated fruits

dehydrated tomatoes--these are great chips too.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:10 PM   #3
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Spiced Baked Tortilla Chips with salsa, Pita Chips with hummus, Popcorn, unsalted or lightly salted peanuts, almonds, or unsalted mixed nuts.

I second granola - Granola/Yogurt Sundaes are great:
Layer in parfait glasses fresh fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, bananas, etc., yogurt/flavor of choice, and granola, then repeat. Can drizzle with strawberry sauce or chocolate syrup, if desired.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:24 PM   #4
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Offer the child a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods, with different flavors and textures...Stand firm. ~~ He will not starve himself to death....Promise!

Good Luck!
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:30 PM   #5
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celery sticks, carrots, raw broccoli, cauliflower, green onions,
trail mix, breadsticks, croutons make a crunchy snack too.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:28 PM   #6
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Usually at 5 kids like to dip things. The dip can be your tool to get his to branch out. PNB, hummus (or other bean based dip) and yogurt as dip bases offer some protein. Let him help you concoct different dips; as he tries to make new things he will become more adventurous. Some kids are picky; some are omnivores, even in the same family with the same parenting styles. As long as you don't let him realize how much power he has over you by being finicky, he won't use the trait as an attention getting tool, which can lead to pretty unhealthy eating habits.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:48 PM   #7
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I tend to side with Uncle Bob--stand firm. And offer healthy foods. Is there a reason why he will only eat "crispy" foods? Make a pact with your DH not to go out to eat, and to eat healthy for a month--raw veggies with dip, etc., no junk food. Uncle Bob is right--he won't starve.
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I tend to side with Uncle Bob--stand firm. And offer healthy foods. Is there a reason why he will only eat "crispy" foods? Make a pact with your DH not to go out to eat, and to eat healthy for a month--raw veggies with dip, etc., no junk food. Uncle Bob is right--he won't starve.
Agree with Uncle Bob, CWS, and others. My parents made a big issue with food with me when I was young, just made for too
much drama and stress. Kids will eat when they're hungry.

My brother was always given a huge peeled carrot to dip in ketchup in lieu of any other veg. He is now over 6'6" .
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Offer the child a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods, with different flavors and textures...Stand firm. ~~ He will not starve himself to death....Promise!

Good Luck!
As always, I agree with Bob.
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I don't normally reply to any question of "what to feed my child," and another rule of my thumb is to repeat the opposite of everything my uncles say, but Bob is the exception. 5 is when that power drama starts. Stay firm, mamasara. If crunchy things is all he'll eat, then ice cream is off the menu, right?

And, don't confuse "healthy" with your own diabetic requirements, for your child.
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