So, a few posts back I talked about what a great eater my little guy was, and how he'd try anything. I bet all of you more experienced Momma's laughed and laughed! Haha! You were right, he's 18 months old, and he's picky! I couldn't believe it! He used to eat handfuls of veggies and snack on such good foods. Around 15-16 months, it all changed. We even went through a phase which I like to refer to as his "spaghetti-o period". I never thought I would feed my child spaghetti-o's, but there comes a point when sometimes you just have to feed them what they'll eat...
As time has gone on, I've figured out a few ways to remedy our eating issues. First of all, Baby Boy is very sensitive to textures. He squishes most of his food between his fingers before he'll even try anything. Then he tastes it. If you give him a bite of something with a different texture, he rakes it right back out of his mouth. No sneaking anything past this little guy. So, along with this sensitivity, comes a dislike of meat. He won't eat hardly any meat. I've been sneaking in extra protein with peanut butter and greek yogurt. He at least loves those! But, at my brother's house the other day we were having BLT's and we gave him some bacon...and waited...and he LOVED it. He loves crunchy food, so bacon makes sense. While I don't think he should be eating bacon every day, it was at least a jumping off point. So, several times a week, he has bacon. Any kind, as long as it's crispy. Which is where we can sub in turkey bacon, etc.
While visiting the mall a few weeks ago, we discovered he liked Chik Fil A nuggets. Again, not something I want to feed my child every day. So, I was on a search for a suitable replacement. Something healthy, that tastes like breaded nuggets...hmm....and I came up with these.
They don't contain meat, but let's face it, he's on a veggie strike at the moment. They have a good amount of protein and they taste like nuggets. Again, not something I would give him every day, but a much healthier alternative...
Little man has also become a connoisseur of mac and cheese. Boxed mac and cheese. It's got all kinds of things that you really don't want your kid eating all of the time, so on a trip to Target, I came across this goodness:
It has organic pasta, and no artificial ingredients, and they even make microwaveable mini cups for on the go. And they were having a sale at Target where they were only $1-score!
Some other random ways I have been getting him to eat vegetables are:
- bean salad, with a vinegar-y sauce. It makes it taste sweet, which makes him think it's not vegetables
- sneaking extra veggies into spaghetti sauce (he would eat spaghetti every day if I let him)
- I've also been buying pasta made with veggies
Also, almost done with my book club book, so I'll post the review soon!