Friday, May 23, 2008

Same old, same old

I am the mother of a picky eater. It is pushing me to the edge and those of you who are also mothers of picky eaters will understand that this is only a little bit of an exaggeration. Dash-1 is a picky, picky, picky eater. In part he is a child of utter routine and habit but he also has a lot of problems with severe reflux that took until he was almost two to get under control and then add to the list his allergy to peanuts and egg. His gastro says that all kids go thru a favorite food stage and to some extent are picky eaters but that Dash-1 probably learned to favor foods that were easier on his stomach. Then we found out that eggs and peanuts could kill him and widdled down the food list even more (we cant even get stuff that was made in factories that also process that stuff).

So I am hoping that someone out there can throw me a life line. I need some kid friendly ideas for healthy snacks, lunch and the occasional dinner. Dash-1 might like the same old thing but I'm very much over it and would like to see something besides a grilled cheese sandwich in his repertoire.

Help. Please.


  1. I so know what you mean. Even though my daughter has no allergies she is a Picky eater!! And so is her daddy. And I thought I was picky but I eat everything compared to the two of them.

    Alas, no suggestions though.

  2. I don't have any suggestions, but I did find a website that may be able to offer up some ideas for you Will keep my thinking cap on :)

  3. You've read my blog enough to know that Keenan is picky too, but he's been getting a lot better :) I have had to pull my stubborn card quite a few times with him, but he eats now without complaint (most of the time) and is more willing to try new things. He ate mashed potatoes the other day, which is huge!

    Here's a couple websites I found :

    Good luck!

  4. I've been trying to branch out, too. Not so much because I have a picky eater as because I'm bored of the usual peanut butter sandwich and cheese stick he ends up eating most days (yes, I'm lazy!). He likes dip, but tends to choke on raw vegetables, I've been trying to find some he will eat. He'll eat cucumbers, mushrooms, celery if it's sliced thin, and baby carrots if I cut them into strips. The other day, we had vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit mixed in (we did kiwi, strawberries, and pineapple, but you could obviously try anything he likes) with toast. I wouldn't have normally considered that for lunch, but it worked out great.

    I guess my best advice is to be creative and think outside the box. It doesn't matter if it looks like a typical lunch as much as it contains the right sort of foods.

    Oh, and pita pockets are the best! We've recently discovered those, and I stuff them with anything I think would taste good. He likes the pocket aspect, and it's less bread overall, so he's more likely to eat it.

  5. Plain noodles? does that count as healthy? I sure hope so, because that's pretty much the only thing one of my picky eaters will eat for dinner...

  6. try mixing a bit of chocolate syrup with vanilla yogurt and do "fondue" with different fruits.

    Mac N about cheese quesadilla (flour tortilla with shredded cheese either microwaved, or lightly toasted, folded in half and cut in wedges).

    Is he allergic to ALL nuts? If not, you might be able to try Nutella - made with hazelnuts and chocolate - for sandwiches (my friend's daughter is HIGHLY allergic to peanuts (including the dust and oils), like your son, but can do Nutella just fine).

    My son's average lunch is bologna (cut into small squares) with grapes, a string cheese and apple chunks. Sometimes he mixes it up and asks for fish sticks or a corn dog, but he'll stick with bologna for a month straight, the switch to peanut butter.

    I make sure he gets lots of healthful snacks throughout the day (cereal bars are good, but my son's allergic to strawberries, so that flavor isn't in the house - and cereal bars are usually nut free, though I don't know about eggs).

    Good luck....

  7. Awhile back I posted a recipe for egg-free chocolate cake - did you see that?

    It sounds like there were a few great sounding websites for recipes. I hope you are able to find some new ideas. I'm so sorry I couldn't be of more help. :)


  8. Hi, first time visiting your blog. As the mother of a 3 year old picky eater with food allergies, I certainly feel for you. To make it worse, my 19 month old had her first food allergy reaction this morning. I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions but I can offer lots of support. :)


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