Choppin' Broccoli

I have a picky eater on my hands. I am pretty sure this is not uncommon, but it is frustrating nonetheless. My child has been picky ever since I started him on rice cereal and baby food. He decided what he liked and didn’t like right away. I was surprised when he didn’t like typical foods that most babies seem to love, like mashed bananas and pureed peaches. I did everything the way you are “supposed” to, like introducing certain foods at certain stages and being persistent with things even if he refused. I was very concerned about my child getting all of the important vitamins and minerals he needed. Over time he warmed up to some things and I begun to feel better about it. However, we are still struggling at age 2 and 1/2. Right now, his preferred food is something that may surprise other parents–broccoli. Yes, broccoli. One of the most unlikeable vegetables. I believe it ranks just above brussel sprouts. My son could eat broccoli for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He likes it sauteed in a little butter sprinkled with salt and pepper. He eats it a lot. So much, that one of these days I am expecting him to wake up with a little floret of green curls around his head.
He doesn’t like cereal, oatmeal, ground beef, fish, carrots, green beans, peas, anything peach flavored, blueberries, potatoes (cubed or mashed), and rice. Foods he has deemed acceptable are: broccoli, strawberries, toast, mac n’ cheese and chicken nuggets. Oh, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. So nutritious! So, I give him what he likes and try not to sweat it. At least I’m giving him organic, free-range and all that because my husband works for an organic health food company and we get a nice discount.
In the meantime I have some questions. Does anyone else out there have a picky eater? Did your child grow out of it? Or did they insist on eating only certain things for months on end? And will I ever get the stinky broccoli smell out of my house?

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  • Ah, yes. Selective eaters. Little Raymond is very particular. Good news is he is starting to try new food at the age of 4.5. I do kind of use his sister a little to motivate him. It happened naturally, though. I said I was proud of her for trying her meatloaf and he wanted praise, too!

    I praise her a little more each meal, so that he will try new food. Is that wrong?

    Great post! Broccoli is sooooo good for him! :)

  • I know exactly what you're going through! When my oldest was 2, there was a period lasting several months where she would only eat mini corn dogs and frozen peas (still frozen!) for dinner. Now 7, she'll eat just about anything. And she still prefers her peas frozen. Don't worry, it will get better! In the meantime, tell yourself that Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are a good source of protein and have one for yourself too :)

  • I have to say I usually do "one for you, one for me" with the peanut butter cups!

  • Frozen peas! That makes my teeth hurt. :) Dre-how do you get the kids to eat meat? So far, we only like ham in our house...Any tricks of the trade?

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