My daughter is 7, and a very picky eater. Even the foods she eats have to fit pretty narrow parameters. It's not just healthy food, she will also turn down junk foods & desserts that "don't taste right."
Currently, her fruits & veggies are potatoes, bananas, and maybe cantalope. She used to eat broccoli & green beans (cooked & cooled) but stopped. Fruits, veggies & grains are the area that i would really like to improve on.
She will eat ham, plain chicken & turkey, plain beef (not ground), hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, & tuna (must be plain & chilled). I can usually get a good amount of protein in her, but i would love to vary it away from plain.
Dairy is good - she will do milk, vanilla yogurt, lots of different cheeses.
She will eat pizza, speghetti, tomato soup, peanut butter (plain, on a spoon or crackers - she doesn't do sandwiches). But any version that "tastes funny" she will NOT eat, or she has gagged herself sick on it. She will not eat usual kid food like mac & cheese.
My husband & I both have bad memories of food battles (his father would become physically violent towards the kids to force food into their mouths; my parents would mainly yell). I don't want food to become a battleground for her. I want her to view food as  fuel for her body, and  a social, fun event of sharing (most of the time, mealtime on the weekends is the only time we all get together as a family).
What we are trying is that she gets a smiley for trying foods or finishing meals. Every seven smileys earns some stickers, Forty-two smileys gets something off the reward shelf.
I would love any suggestions, behavior tips, recipe ideas, whatever with this.
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