Awhile back I complained a bit about having a picky eater. When I heard that today was National Eat Your Vegetables Day, I had to laugh. The day that Allison decides to eat visible vegetables will be the day I jump for joy. Last week I also talked about how to get more vegetables in your diet because, not coincidentally, June is also National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. The ways I listed in that post are about the only way I’ll get Allison to eat vegetables. Since my last picky eater post, Allison has changed a little of what she eats… only a little. Here’s what’s on her current rotation:
- Dinner rolls
- French fries (But not sweet potato fries)
- Most fruit (Her favorites are bananas and strawberries, but she’ll eat blueberries and grapes, and the occasional melon)
- Cheese (Block, string, or shredded… but not sliced, typically)
- Hummus (Yep, still loves it. Still eats it with a spoon.)
- Sweet muffins (Her favorite are my banana oat muffins)
- Scrambled eggs (Sometimes)
- Baked oatmeal bars (But not regular oatmeal, the texture is too squishy)
- Black olives
- Canned mushrooms
- Candy, chocolate, ice cream, cake… of course.
- Chinese buffet (Lo mein noodles, egg drop soup, crab rangoon)
- Chicken nuggets (Sometimes! Yes!!!! She finally eats a little bit of meat!)
Unfortunately, a few things have made it off her list, and it makes things very hard for me now. This includes:
- Grilled cheese sandwich
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Seriously, child? She just refuses to touch it anymore. The only way she’ll eat peanut butter and jelly now is if it’s on crackers, which I can deal with. And PIZZA. She used to love pizza, and pizza quesadillas. Now, she’ll pick off the pepperoni, eat the cheese and mushrooms, lick off the sauce, give me the crust, and ask for more pizza. *headdesk*
The most difficult part of this is that she won’t eat anything that’s “put together”, if that makes sense. This means no casseroles, no pasta and sauce/pasta bake, no macaroni and cheese, no burritos/wraps… She just wants everything separated and whole, which is okay, but her preferences are still so little. I give her healthy items that I know she likes for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner she eats what we do, with like one thing I know she’ll eat…. like grapes or strawberries. Yes, that means she’ll probably just have strawberries and milk for dinner. But she doesn’t complain about being hungry at all, so I just don’t worry about it. And all in all, it really could be worse. I mean, what I give her is pretty healthy… not perfectly balanced, but good enough besides being frustrating!
I know a lot of you share my pain, and I know it’ll get better, but man, it’s frustrating! What’s the strangest food that your child likes or doesn’t like? I need to know I’m not alone!