This week's topic:
How to Deal with a Picky Eater
Alan eating cereal for breakfast
Alan is a somewhat picky eater. He doesn't like most cheeses, vegetables, and a few meats. He will only ever eat macaroni or spaghetti noodles and doesn't like eating bread most of the time. Somedays, I feel like he doesn't eat enough because I try something different and he refuses to eat it. But I remind myself that he will eat if he's hungry and won't stop until he feels full.
This still makes mealtimes somewhat of a battle for us.
If Alan had his way, he would only ever eat pizza, chicken nuggets and hot dogs. He also believes he can live off of goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars and pop tarts. So I have been given the task of "hiding" healthy things in his food. For an easy example, Alan likes cereal but normally he prefers the sweeter brands. So I mix his cereal, mostly whole grain Cheerios with whatever sweet brand he wants. He will chow it down and not notice the difference whatsoever. I also use this recipe when making my family spaghetti. Gets them all their vegetables and they only think they are eating tomatoes!
Mostly I try to only give Alan healthy options. If he doesn't want we are having, a good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich works most times and isn't that unhealthy. All of his cookies are normally fruit filled versus chocolate, and we give him only healthy crackers like Cheese Nips.
How do you deal with your picky eater????