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bev1971

Fussy eaters?

I have an 11 year old son,who is a very fussy eater,he is reluctant to eat vegetables,although i still make them.I would appreciate any advice from anyone whos had similar issues and been able to combat them.I prefer to prepare family meals instead of fast food or convenience food,so im determined not to give up that easily

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Darkginger

Fussy eaters

A couple of suggestions (I have a fussy eating husband!) - one is to use a stick blender to incorporate veggies into sauces - they won't even notice they're there. You can hide carrots in a carrot cake, of course, courgettes in a courgette cake, either of those veg in a bolognese sauce, shepherds pie or lasagne, and so on.

If you have a garden, or even a windowbox, try getting him to grow his own veg - select the seeds etc., plant and watch them develop. Try radishes (which are fast), lettuce (much more flavour when home grown and freshly picked), maybe peas, beans and courgettes? All are pretty failsafe. If he grows his own, he may be more keen to see what they taste like - and perhaps try a couple of more exotic things like aubergines, peppers, chillies if you have a greenhouse.

Good luck!

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Yummy

Fussy Eaters

Does he like Soups ? great way to get in a 5 a day, I have an "Almost Heinz Tomato" on my profile, which is delicious. Also, Pizza's, and let him make his own with plenty of variety of veg...and pasta dishes too.
Good luck.

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Welshcookie

Fussy eater

There is absolutely no point in worrying about it; he will not come to any harm not eating this and that.

Do not be tempted to make him separate food; he either eats what you and your OH have or he does without. I reckon the only day you can choose the menu is on your birthday!

Do not make an issue of it. Do not give rewards if he eats anything he has previously refused.

Try and avoid all between-meal snacks. Do not give him fizzy drinks, they fill him up and damage bones.

If he says he doesn't want something, fine, don't give it to him.

He's 11, he's growing up and I bet he loves to wind you up. Keep calm. When he goes out with his friends I bet he eats all sorts of things.

My son didn't eat lots of things, but once he went away to uni he mostly ate everything!

Relax!

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Wendy

Fussy eaters

Totally agree with Welshcookie. When my son was younger he wouldn't eat any vegetables at all including potatoes in their various forms not even chips either homemade or from a chip shop. He is now in his 40's,6 feet tall and eats potatoes, tomatoes plus a couple of other veg. He also reckons I'm only 5ft 2" because I do eat vegetables!

Wendy

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bev1971

thank you

thank you for the suggestions they are much appreciated,its always good to get advice from others who have or are experiencing the same issues.I will be encouraging him to try and grow some veg himself i think that will certainly spark his interest.Once again thank you and i will be trying all the suggestions that have been made

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Tompeters

Fussy eaters

Folk of all ages are less fussy when they are hungry.

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queen jean

fussy eaters

couldnt agree with you more welshcookie .everything you said made good sense .

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Yummy

Fussy Eaters

Bev, it looks like todays ROTD "Pasta Vialli" is perfect for introducing your son to the joys of cooking, very simple indeed, and you could add in some extra cherry tomatoes , see if he can come up with "extras" to add in to expand the dish to his liking.

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Tompeters

Fussy eaters

I am really not sure about this idea of 'tempting' fussy eaters or including veg 'hidden' in the mix. Sure, you might get them to eat healthy while you are cooking for them - which of itself is good - but what happens when they flee the nest, eat down the pub,...? At the age of seven I was sent to boarding school, and carried on boarding until I was sixteen. I'm not sure I commend it, but that's what happened to me and tens of thousands of others. Private, not borstal ;) With the fees paid the grub should have been good but I remember it clearly and regurgitate it in my nightmares.

All of us ate every morsel however unfamiliar it was or horrid it was (some was really horrid some was very passable). If there were seconds there was a queue for it. Those at the front of the queue got it, those at the back didn't. How 'unfair'.

All of the kids were from pretty affluent families; school fees were not inexpensive even when I was a child. So most of us were used to above average food at home but institution food at school. The contrast, not surprisingly, was huge. But we coped. "Rotten old school food" - but we ate every mouthful. All of us. Food fads didn't exist. One boy had a genuine allergy to egg (he was a friend and I saw what happened when he had some bics with egg) but no other likes/dislikes/fads were allowed and there were NO choices. You couldn't choose. You ate. You ate everything on your plate.

Since those days I have become less athletic, less fit :( and far, far more picky about what I eat but I still can eat a 'school dinner' type meal when needs must.

My point is that rather than have "What would you like tonight?" maybe "We're having beef stew and dumplings tonight at 7pm sharp because I'm watching a film on the telly at 7.45"
.

How did it go?...

Caramel and custard, dead dogs' eyes
Dead cats' gizzards and cover it with flies
..... I can't remember the rest, the playground was long ago.

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Tompeters

Fussy eaters

Sorry some of the post above has become highlighted. Not intended and I don't seem to be able to edit it.

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Cookie.

Worth a try?

My son is fussy too! I have found recently, that if I put the meal into serving dishes and he can help himself, he actually eats much better.

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Welshcookie

Scab & Matter Pudding

I have all the words imprinted in my brain. Not to be repeated on a nice site!

 
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