Picky Eater, I Don't Care!
When my daughter was an infant, I prided myself in giving her lots of variety of foods, most of which I made myself. Of course as the toddler years ensued, my picky eater came out. We grew concerned because of how tiny she was, and still is, being in the bottom 5% for weight. However, as she's turned into a preschooler, still with those picky eater habits, we've waived the white flag. Well, mostly. Of course we offer her variety and try to get her to taste new foods, or sometimes foods she used to gobble up, but when all else fails, we offer her some go-to foods. You know, the ones she'll eat just about any day. And sometimes, we just start with these foods because I refuse to base our family dinner around what Abby will eat. I know as she grows she'll start adding more foods into her diet, just like most people do, so I'm not afraid to admit that these 12 foods below are in heavy rotation in our house during meal time.
Macaroni And Cheese
If I put macaroni and cheese on her plate with other foods, she’ll gobble this up first. Sometimes I bribe her to eat other foods first before she gets seconds. She prefers the box kind or the varieties you can get in restaurants. My husband makes a killer baked mac and cheese, but Abby won’t touch it.
For protein, Abby will mostly just eat chicken nuggets. I’ve made homemade versions for her before, but she prefers the kind that comes in the freezer. Or, you know, from McDonald’s, which she gets as a rare treat. Occasionally we can sneak a fish stick in instead of these frozen nuggets, but not often enough.
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Some might have a celebration if they could get their picky eater to consume broccoli. The thing is, though, that my Abby will just about only eat this vegetable. Occasionally we can get some carrots in her, but this is our go-to veggie for every meal.
Again, a parent might throw confetti if they could get their kid to eat this delicious fruit. The thing for us, though, is that it’s just about the only fruit she’ll regularly eat for us. If raspberries are in season and we can get them from the Farmer’s Market during the summer, she’ll switch to that berry, but mostly it’s the strawberry year round.
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Kraft Ranch Dressing
Abby is obsessed with ranch dressing, and it’s always the Kraft variety she digs. She’ll dip just about anything in it including grilled cheese, pb&j, plain noodles, mac & cheese and Tortellini. And if I look away for a minute, good chance I can catch her sneaking a spoonful of this dip.
Peanut Butter And Jelly
I’m grateful for this go-to food for my picky eater as the peanut butter packs in a lot of calories. And if the crust is cut off, good chances she’ll eat the whole thing. Of course, dipping it in ranch dressing too boot! Yuck!
What kid doesn’t love grilled cheese? Mine would have it everyday for lunch if I let her. It’s got her favorite two food groups. You know, carbs and cheese.
This is probably Abby’s favorite carb addiction. She doesn’t even need you to heat it up. (I make extras with dinner so we always have some on hand.) No sauce needed. In fact, it’s not allowed, because obviously it’s too spicy. Or, you know, gives it flavor.
When you put carbs and cheese together in one food, Abby is pretty darn happy. Tortellini, and really ravioli too, are stuffed pastas we always have on hand. Again, they must be plain. If you put ranch on her plate, she’ll dip her pastas in that. And occasionally we can talk her into some spaghetti sauce to dip her ravioli in. That counts as a vegetable, right?
Toast With Butter
When all else fails, we offer Abby a piece of toast, or two, or three. She’ll gobble it right up. There have been many times at dinner where she won’t eat much of what’s on her plate and we’ll just offer her toast to get some calories in before bedtime.
Abby’s favorite breakfast dish by far is a waffle. No syrup of course. Just slather on some butter, but make sure it doesn’t melt too much, and she’s good to go. I’m lucky if I can get her to eat just one. And forget about me using my fancy waffle maker to whip her up a batch. She prefers the frozen kind. Sigh.
English Muffin With Jam And Butter
For breakfast this summer, her second best favorite is an English Muffin toasted with butter and jam. Like she’ll go two weeks and that’s all she’ll as for. Does the jam count as a fruit?
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