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Old 02-17-2013, 11:53 PM   #11
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Okay, this is going to sound harsh but... Your kids seem to be awfully picky eaters. There is really very little I can put in front of my kids that they won't eat. Are you or your DH picky eaters? That can make a big difference... Even if you think you're hiding it from them, they'll figure you out (just ask my DH, lol). Also they recommend serving something at least ten times -prepared the exact same way- to a child before deciding they really won't eat it... My example of this is my oldest and beets. She wouldn't eat them, just picked around them, but we just kept putting a few on her plate. Finally one day (maybe the 8th time we had the same meal) she picked one up and took a bite. Now she'll eat all the beets off her plate and mine as well if I let her! I've even caught her conning her sister out of her beets.

I'm not trying to be judgmental, maybe you've tried that. I just noticed that your posts list a lot of foods your kids refuse to eat and you seem to be pulling your hair out trying to feed them. I also see a lot of moms jumping through all sorts of hoops trying to find foods their kids will eat (because we all want the best for our kids) when sometimes you just have to feed them the same beets 8 times... does that make sense?

Now, to more directly answer your question We go through a lot of tortilla chips, lol. Chips, veggies, and hummus. Chips and beans and veggies. Chips with salmon salad (like tuna salad but with canned salmon- this is another one we had to serve a few times for the kids to get used to it... now we have to make double batches, lol). We do sometimes do sandwiches, but not often. Another easy lunch is rice and beans. You can cook it up ahead of time and reheat for lunches. Or rice with veggies, fried rice, etc. Smoothies can be lunch too (heck, we had smoothies for dinner tonight )

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Okay, this is going to sound harsh but... Your kids seem to be awfully picky eaters. There is really very little I can put in front of my kids that they won't eat. Are you or your DH picky eaters? That can make a big difference... Even if you think you're hiding it from them, they'll figure you out (just ask my DH, lol). Also they recommend serving something at least ten times -prepared the exact same way- to a child before deciding they really won't eat it... My example of this is my oldest and beets. She wouldn't eat them, just picked around them, but we just kept putting a few on her plate. Finally one day (maybe the 8th time we had the same meal) she picked one up and took a bite. Now she'll eat all the beets off her plate and mine as well if I let her! I've even caught her conning her sister out of her beets.

I'm not trying to be judgmental, maybe you've tried that. I just noticed that your posts list a lot of foods your kids refuse to eat and you seem to be pulling your hair out trying to feed them. I also see a lot of moms jumping through all sorts of hoops trying to find foods their kids will eat (because we all want the best for our kids) when sometimes you just have to feed them the same beets 8 times... does that make sense?

Now, to more directly answer your question We go through a lot of tortilla chips, lol. Chips, veggies, and hummus. Chips and beans and veggies. Chips with salmon salad (like tuna salad but with canned salmon- this is another one we had to serve a few times for the kids to get used to it... now we have to make double batches, lol). We do sometimes do sandwiches, but not often. Another easy lunch is rice and beans. You can cook it up ahead of time and reheat for lunches. Or rice with veggies, fried rice, etc. Smoothies can be lunch too (heck, we had smoothies for dinner tonight )
My three year old has PDD (mild end of the autism spectrum, to put it basically), and part of that is major food aversions. She was 11 months before I could get baby food in her, and 15 months when she started liking it. It took therapy to get her to eat anything other than baby food and fruit at 23 months.

Before I had her, I was a firm believer in getting my kids to try things, and if my kids did not want what I served, they were welcome to go hungry (which almost never happened). This just does not work with her. We still offer new things, but I try to limit that to 1-2 times a week, because most days she eats so little I need to be giving options that she likes. Pediasure is still more than half her daily calories on most days.

As for plain meat and soup, I have tried many, many times to get my kids to like it, and they physically gag on it. I have one thing I won't eat, which is mushrooms, and I would never, ever expect them to eat something I refuse. My big kids actually like them, though, thanks to DH. DH will eat anything but peanuts, which he is allergic to.

I should also mention DS is going through a "I don't like anything" phase. Honestly, I don't really care, I make him deal with it most of the time, but he's stubborn and will chose not to eat, and I don't like having a grumpy child because he has low blood sugar more than half the day. It's one of those areas I have to pick my battles, you know? I do make him eat whatever I chose for dinner, though. I don't really mind not making soup, it's not my favorite, although I will eat it. And with the meat in things, sometimes it's eaten, sometimes it's not, but they at least pick around it, and that's fine by me.

I guess I'm mostly looking for more lunch ideas that they WILL like without a lot of hassle, as I live a very full life, and arguing with my kiddos over lunch is not what I want to spend time doing. We all love hummus, and tortilla chips. We made roasted bell peppers with cream cheese today and that was a hit (although 3 year old DD totally licked the cream cheese out ).

ETA: my eight year old will eat anything. She used to hate meat, and it would have taken cramming it down her throat to get it in her, but she loves it now. She will politely verbalize that soup is not her favorite then eat it, and she also loves rice. The four year old is the one going through the "I don't like anything" stage, although I can get him to eat just about anything by adding cheese or sauce to it. He will chose to go hungry if I make soup, though. Due to us only recently starting to eat a lot of rice, he's just now getting used to it, but it has to have other food (like pepper steak) mixed in.

It is really my little girls that have the food issues. I explained my three year old, and the almost two year old is just kind of young to really reason with. She'd live of cheese, haha.

I don't really feel like there is a big list of nos in our house-soup and plain meat. We are working on rice. I think the fact that my kids ask for things like carrots and apples over cookies is bigger than them just not liking a couple things. Also, when a child can verbalize "I don't like meat, it is too chewy and makes me choke when I swallow", it's not just typical child pickiness, I think it is a legitimate thing.

This is way longer than I meant it to be. I'm just trying to explain that I agree with where you are coming from, but it's just not that clear cut for us.
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I'd come at the situation from the opposite direction. Make a comprehensive list of all the things the family will eat (meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc. detailed: apples, oranges, etc rather than just 'fruit'). Once that is compiled you can work on combinations of foods that are pleasing together, would make a great lunch (or any other meal of the day), and are an affordable option. Some suggestions are plenty of proteins in the form of eggs, beans, cheeses, meat, fish, and nuts supplemented with plenty of less expensive veggies (and if you've followed the grocery threads lately we are all in agreement that fresh produce is skyrocketing) perhaps frozen rather that fresh and with just a serving a fruit for "dessert". So for a small child 1/2 an apple sliced with peanut butter or dip on the side rather than a whole apple. The proteins (and make sure you have plenty of healthy fats in there too evoo, coconut, butter) will help fill them up and keep them full since the fruits and veggies digest much faster leaving them hungry again before the next meal.
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Bob's red mill is super easy to make GF bread!
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I'd come at the situation from the opposite direction. Make a comprehensive list of all the things the family will eat (meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc. detailed: apples, oranges, etc rather than just 'fruit'). Once that is compiled you can work on combinations of foods that are pleasing together, would make a great lunch (or any other meal of the day), and are an affordable option. Some suggestions are plenty of proteins in the form of eggs, beans, cheeses, meat, fish, and nuts supplemented with plenty of less expensive veggies (and if you've followed the grocery threads lately we are all in agreement that fresh produce is skyrocketing) perhaps frozen rather that fresh and with just a serving a fruit for "dessert". So for a small child 1/2 an apple sliced with peanut butter or dip on the side rather than a whole apple. The proteins (and make sure you have plenty of healthy fats in there too evoo, coconut, butter) will help fill them up and keep them full since the fruits and veggies digest much faster leaving them hungry again before the next meal.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:26 AM   #16
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Re: Gluten free lunches

I have a picky child too, she's 4. She also refused solids for a long time as an infant, after being checked out by doctors, we were basically told to give her more time. She still doesn't like certain textures of food and I don't make her eat what is served, or make her go hungry either. I can usually slightly alter a meal to make it more appetizing for her. She likes cheese tacos, but not meat tacos. Plain noodles with butter, veggies and parmesean rather then speghetti. The child loves her veggies, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese etc, just meat isn't her favorite, her doctor assures me that she's still eating healthy, so I too, don't sweat the small stuff, maybe she'll grow up to be vegetarian, maybed she'll eventually learn to like meat. She loves steak, anyways LOL we arent gluten free, but would they eat tuna and maybe gf crackers?
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I wanted to quickly encourage you on your picky eater. My third son was very small (borderline FTT but he always gained, just very, very slowly) and he never drank more than 5oz of formula at a time (unfortunately I didn't make enough bm and it dried up by the time he was 6 weeks, he was losing weight then) and always refused baby food. He'd look at me like I was killing him and choke. I tried everything but he never would eat it. Barely could get him to eat table foods by a year old. It was bad. My older two were great eaters. Not picky at all. I was determined though. Despite his small size, I refused to cater to him (another problem was he was inconsistent even with the foods he would eat!). I continued to give him what I made for everyone else and if he only ate one thing, oh well. By the time he was 3-4, his food issues really were no more. He had adapted to what we ate and no longer showed any indications of being "picky". Some of his favorites absolutely amaze me. Such a quinoa and Brussels sprouts. Never would have guessed that would have happened as this kid had so many texture issues. I'm glad I ignored the advice to give him whatever he wanted and to go to extra means to fatten him up. He is still tiny, but he eats well and gets enough healthy fats so he is healthy. Just small. Just something to think about.
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I have 2 with sensory issues.

One goes to school, so I bought a ziplock storage container with 3 sections. There are 2 in a pack, which is nice as he already lost one. I basically fill up each section with things he likes.


almond butter sandwiches with gf crackers,
almond butter in one of the cups with a spoon
Pepperoni
Cold pizza on corn tortilla (could roll up)
Yogurt tubes
Pirates booty (he in not gf, but we limit it...not sure if this is gf)
Carrots
Different fruits
Cheese/crackers
Gf cookies
Fruit snacks

We do one fruit, one veggie, protein, one salty and one sweet.
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Re: Gluten free lunches

Sorry I didn't get back with the bread recipe. I'm about to pop, and half unconscious most of the time. I just remembered that one of my 2 favorite bread recipes is online here:

http://www.eatingglutenfree.com/recipes_bread/

It's the white bread recipe, although I have to reduce the liquid in order to get the right consistency. Probably altitude related.
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I have 2 with sensory issues.

One goes to school, so I bought a ziplock storage container with 3 sections. There are 2 in a pack, which is nice as he already lost one. I basically fill up each section with things he likes.

almond butter sandwiches with gf crackers,
almond butter in one of the cups with a spoon
Pepperoni
Cold pizza on corn tortilla (could roll up)
Yogurt tubes
Pirates booty (he in not gf, but we limit it...not sure if this is gf)
Carrots
Different fruits
Cheese/crackers
Gf cookies
Fruit snacks

We do one fruit, one veggie, protein, one salty and one sweet.
I also wanted to add, I take him with me each week to pick out foods for his lunches. He puts them in the cart, on the belt and away once we get home.

And having a list of ok foods, works so well!
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