What do you feed your kids?

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zoe08's picture
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What do you feed your kids?

Mason is an extremely picky eater, which is no surprise because I am a picky eater.

I know a lot of people make their kids eat whatever the family is having, but after the other day trying to make him eat tator tot casserole (which he likes tator tots by themselves) he gagged and vomited. I most definitely do not want to deal with that again, so the second he shows signs of gagging I just take it away.

But I need some way to get him to eat some more foods and healthier foods. He does ok on fruits, but veggies are almost none. He will only eat cucumbers and corn.

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I make veggie muffins cuz lily is not a very good veggie eater and she has major poop issues!! I put bananas, kale, and flax meal in them. We call them monster muffins because they're green. My kids love them!

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Share your recipe please!

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Here ya go!

http://aspiritedmind.com/2009/06/healthify-your-muffins/

That's the recipe I use. They are actually really good!

zoe08's picture
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Thanks for the recipe I will have to give that a try! I have never even bought kale or tasted it.

kjames106's picture
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It's similar to spinach. A little more texture to it though. It doesn't wilt away as much as spinach but you can't even taste it in the muffins. Another thing I like to do with kale is make kale chips. They are seriously delicious. You just tear the leaves off drizzle with olive oil and any seasonings you want. Bake at 475 for about 15-20 minutes until they are all dried up. Sooooo good for you and really yummy!

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I wish I could help. DD is not a picky eater, but is a picky "time to eater." She has the hardest time eating in 1 place. Mostly she takes a bite, runs around, takes another bite, runs around. Followed by a lot of coercion to eat from Mommy. Luckily for us she loves veggies and fruit. We occasionally have pizza and salad dinner. She takes 1 bite of pizza and then goes straight for the broccoli in the salad.
Hope the muffins work for you! I'm gonna give em a try too.

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The chips sound good too! What seasonings do you like on them?
I grew kale this year in my veggie garden and it was terrific! (Lasted until the snow arrived!) I mostly used it in stir fries.

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"kjames106" wrote:

It's similar to spinach. A little more texture to it though. It doesn't wilt away as much as spinach but you can't even taste it in the muffins. Another thing I like to do with kale is make kale chips. They are seriously delicious. You just tear the leaves off drizzle with olive oil and any seasonings you want. Bake at 475 for about 15-20 minutes until they are all dried up. Sooooo good for you and really yummy!

Does it taste like spinach? I don't like spinach.

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I wouldn't say it tastes like spinach, but it's an earthy green like spinach. If you make it as chips, it doesn't even taste like kale! Its like a chip. Seriously I wasn't a believer until I tried!

I like to use steak seasoning or galic salt. As long as you use salt, it's yummy!!!

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My long standing trick with veggies (DS1 Kieren is a super picky eater) is to make soups out of any and all veggies. He especially likes creamy soups, so I make a flour and butter base, add the veggie(s) of choice and saute, then add 1/2 chicken stock and 1/2 milk and simmer til tender. Then I puree with a hand blender. He loves soup, and will eat carrot, celery, tomato, root vegetable, broccoli, onion and many others.

I'm going to try those kale chips - sounds interesting! Smile

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We do have the rule that you have to eat as many bites as you are old for the older kids-- I haven't yet enforced it with Lexi, though she will typically try just about anything once.

I think the trick is to serve healthy things for you and dh and offer it to your kidlets every meal. I don't think you can have spinach once/month and expect kids will take to it-- but once a week? They will just adjust (this is my theory for most kids.....it isn't like Japanese kids are just born loving fish and seaweed or Indian kids are born loving curry....it is just what they are served over and over again and they adjust IMO.....)

We make some yummy apple/carrot muffins. Or you could try a smoothie with fruits, milk, ice (we toss in kale, too....) It is a staple in our house. It has a really mild flavor and I put it into smoothies or scrambled eggs, too.

We also require our kids to sit at the table and eat as a family for every meal. If you don't want to eat, fine. But you do have to sit there. And you won't be getting anything else until you eat what has been offered.

Good luck!

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Good luck. Luckily our kids are great eaters... for the most part. We don't make different foods for them than what we are eating, unless we know it is something they HATE. LIke when DH wants shrimp, I make something for the rest of us, or if we have something super super spicy, I save a little and mke it a little less spicy for them.

We also do what Audra does, they have to at least try a bite. If they don't like it I won't force them to finish it, but we put everyone on their plate that we do our own. I also let them help me "cook" and prepare, and they eat so much more that way.

Good luck!

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I just bought some kale and I am going to give those banana-kale muffins a try! Mason loves banana bread so hopefully he will like these!

I actually don't have a blender to make smoothies...I guess I should get one.

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Kaylin goes back and forth. For the most part, she'll eat anything we give her. I used to say, I will only make ONE meal but I never stick to that because I'd rather make a second dinner for her than watch her not eat b/c she doesn't like something. Last night we have roast taco's and she didn't really like them, but wanted a sandwich so I made her one.

We are lucky that she loves all veggies and fruits. She'll eat those over meat anyday, which I prefer.

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I made those banana kale muffins, and I was so sure that Mason wouldn't touch them cuz they are green...but he scarfed one down this morning with no complaints and I didn't even have to tell him to sit still and eat!

Thanks so much for sharing that recipe, I will definitely be making these again!

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Yay!!!!! That is so awesome!!!

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Ivy pretty much eats everything, though it seems that she got too many sweets and treats at Christmas because now she always wants sweet things an ice cream. She loves veggies, though, so you just have to make it clear that she has no choice, and then she eats them without complaint.

DH got a super-blender last year and I’ve made smoothies for breakfast many days. My staples are fruit (banana, apples and oranges), but I frequently add grapes, home made cranberry sauce, pineapple, mango (you can get a mango pur?e at the grocery store), spinach and broccoli. I would live to try Kale, but I just don’t see it a the grocery store often. Also, DH and DSS won’t touch the green smoothies because the colour is wrong! Ivy and Leo think it’s just fine and want “green juice”.

My general recipe for everyone is (skip what you don’t have):
- 1 banana (peeled)
- 2 apples (quartered)
- 2 oranges (peeles cut off)
- ? cup ice
- ? cup grapes
- ? cup mango puree
- 3 heaping spoons of cranberry sauce
- 1” slice of pineapple – quartered (not cored)
I blend this up and pour a cup for DH and DSS who refuse the green. They are both low in fruit in their diet.

Then I add:
- 1 cup fresh spinach (semi-packed)
- 1 handful of broccoli
It turns a great shade of green, and is really yummy.

I end up having a HUGE mug full, but considering it’s the only way I can count on getting fresh veggies in my diet with DH and DSS around, I love it.

Other than that, the kids eat what we do, basically. There are a few things that we do cater to – mostly DH. For example, Ivy doesn’t like scrambled eggs, but she loves them soft-boiled or sunny-side up on toast. She likes the yolks runny. DSS, on the other hand, hates fried… But the other day he asked to try my soft boiled egg and loved it! Just goes to show that if you don’t ask them to try it, then maybe they will ask to try it themselves!

Leo will eat about four eggs scrambled (or any way) – he takes after DSS. Usually he eats all of his, and then all the ones that DH makes Ivy, because she doesn’t touch them!