We offer a variety of food without drama or a lot of tricks. Our rule with new food is that dd has to try something before (politely) refusing it. That's it. If she truly doesn't like something then she doesn't have to eat it.
I think exploring different ways of serving something is helpful. I've found dd to be more accepting of vegetables if they are in something like soup instead of a pile on her plate.
And may I add that lots of sauces and gravies (esp cream-based ones) are high in calories. Maybe it's a good thing for the long run.
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@Amanda - kid's palates change. Often when they are younger, they prefer bland food. Give him time. Put a little bit of sauce on the side for him to try, IF he wants to try it. The nutrients are in the meat...the sauce is just for added flavor!
I love these suggestions! My 20-month old still eats pretty much whatever we put in front of him, but he has already decided he hates sauces and dips. If his chicken has a sauce on it that he can see, he won't eat it.
(I can't really blame him -- I know I hate mayo, even though I've never really tasted it. The thought of it just grosses me out, so I guess Darling Son comes by it honestly.)
This is sort of a problem for us because my husband cooks, and he loves making reduction sauces. Without the sauce, the meat can be pretty bland.
Any tips to getting him to try or enjoy sauces? Or is that a battle I should just back away from until he's older?
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I remember reading on another message board about a mom & dad who promised their kids from the time they were toddlers - "if you're really, really good - we'll let you have some salad with your supper"
they said their kids had always seen that as the ultimate treat, so all of them grew up loving vegetables.
@Cameo -- I remember hearing a story about a friend's young son (about 10 years old) who used to order escargot every time they were in a restaurant that offered them. I still, as an adult, have yet to try them!
@Skeydoo -- Hahaha. What a novel approach!
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I grew up liking pickled beets, and as much as my daughter liked sweet pickles, I figured she would too, but being about 4 years old, I was a little leery of calling them "beets", so I told her they were red pickles. She tried them very eagerly, and LOVED them. She's definitely my veggie eater. She hunts down the brussles sprouts at buffet-type restaurants.
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For fruit and vegetables? Smoothies.
I never expected my son to like adult dishes and did allow him to make decisions. He always ate or sampled what I served. I also never made a special meal for him. He ate what we ate.
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Just ask to them to at least try it once and see if they like it or not. Youngest daughter (8) likes squid in marinara sauce. That wasn't 'me' who had her try it - it was son-in-law.
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Well we don't make our son eat the whole thing, it is just to try everything even a little bit each time...this is what we did with salad and now he is 10, he really does like it. The items he really doesn't like, he still needs to taste them.
When mine were really little I would give them $.25 for trying a bite of something. They would get $1 if they ate the whole serving I put on the plate. Two out of three eat a good variety of thing and will try almost anything new.
When the kids complained about not liking a food (and usually one they hadn't even tasted yet), I would tell them that it was OK, because most people don't like the particular food until they have grown up and matured. It never took long for them to grow up and mature (and eat the food). Usually within a couple of days!
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