September 2, 2008

Four Fun Ways to Please Picky Eaters

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Secret Agent Mama
There was a time when our son Henry would eat anything. All the great things like peas and squash and apples and bananas and the not-so-great things like wood chips and carpenter ants. Now a first grader, Henry has gone from a bouncing baby who happily consumed every kind of fruit and vegetable, to a child whose diet consists of cheeseburgers, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, and an occasional bite of apple. My tipping point over his picky palate occurred last fall during dinner at a friend's house, when Henry loudly refused to even pretend to try to eat anything. Read more.

Smooth Operator
The work of a covert nutritional operative is never done. Through the help of my friend, nutritionist Liz Weiss, I now have a brilliant new method for getting real fruit and yogurt into my children, particularly Henry, Mister "Yuck! Can-I-have-pizza-instead?" "Many of those grocery store smoothies don't have real fruit in them," advises Liz. "Try making a homemade smoothie and putting them in the store-bought smoothie bottles." I like the way her mind works. Read more.

Pleasing Picky Eaters
One morning last spring, I opened the cupboards to make my kids' school lunches and realized we were out of peanut butter, the one thing they would eat for lunch. We were running late as usual, and there was no time to run to the corner market, so I made both kids cheese sandwiches for lunch, and crossed my fingers that they'd actually eat them. So after school that day, I was tentative when I asked, "How'd you like your cheese sandwich for lunch today?" The back seat suddenly got very, very quiet. I soon learned Jake had been throwing his peanut butter sandwiches away every day, all year long, since September. Read more.

Meatloaf Muffins
Pleasing five palates is difficult at best and downright frustrating more often than not. Nolan will only eat potatoes in french-fry form, while Jackson prefers either tater tots or mashed. My youngest, Aaron, will eat anything that doesn't move -- so it's a good thing our parakeet, Birdie, is light on his feet. So when I stumbled across a handful of recipes for meatloaf made in a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan and noted that the cooking time was half that of regular meatloaf, I knew I'd struck meal-planning gold. Read more.

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