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A toddler's menu. min. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lorain, Ohio 2396 posts
25th Apr '13

My son will be 3 in about a month. I've never been too concerned about his eating habits until my friend started watching him, and I see that her son who is 4 eats so many different things. I'll also add that my son is huge and very healthy. He's 39" and weighs 35 lbs.



He eats: chicken, chicken nuggets, spaghetti, pizza, chili, grilled cheese, peanut butter toast, french fries, scrambeled eggs, cereal, poptarts, yogurt, granola bars, strawberries, bananas, almost anything with noodles, gummies-and thats about it. He doesnt fight about eating these foods and he likes them. Otherwise, he might eat a bite of something different that we eat.



Should I be concerned? What does your 3 year old eat? Do you think this is a good variety?



I had negative feedback on fb mostly-people telling me to have him eat what we eat or he goes to bed hungry. I'm not so sure I'm ok with that-especially with his age.



Please help. :) and be kind!

castaway 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18092 posts
25th Apr '13

honestly, that doesn't sound like a very good diet.



I hear - starch, processed crap, fat, and sugar.




no veggies?



the best thing you can do at this point is to introduce and incourage more healthy options. carrots and hummus, things like that.



at 3, my daughter was eating salad. maybe introduce him to that?



if you don't start introducing things young, you're going to have a hard time getting him to try things as he gets older. at least require him to have a taste of something before he decides he doesn't like it, and try it again another time if he decides he doesn't.




good luck.

Manda♥Bella 1 child; Midland, WA, Australia 29288 posts
25th Apr '13

personally i would be a little concerned. but i was blessed with a very healthy and adventurous eater(so unlike myself haha, i'm a terrible eater!) so i've never really had experience with trying to force a kid to eat anything. i do personally do the 'eat it or starve' technique in our house, but modified, she doesnt get sent to bed, she just doesnt get anything else to eat(but i wouldnt serve up a full plate of food i know she dislikes, i would obviously make sure there is enough on her plate that i know she'll eat)



mostly the dinner foods is what i would be concerned about and lack of veggies, but honestly its not THAT bad, he clearly enjoys fruit, eggs and dairy and gronola bars are good too :) so he is getting heaps of vitamins there. Can you maybe put vegies in his spaghetti sauce? maybe puree it in to begin with then slowly work it up to being thicker and then eventually tiny cubes, then bigger etc etc
will he eat capsicum/mushrooms etc in his scrambled eggs?

HotMom21ERF Due December 17; 1 child; Kentucky 19589 posts
25th Apr '13

OP, my DS is 3 and eats the same things. I talked to his pedi about it, and he gets a vitamin and a pedia sure everyday to help with getting nutrients in him. He literally despises all veggies, but will eat fruit. So, i get him some V8 Splash juice, since it has veg and fruit juice in it.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55055 posts
25th Apr '13

It's a little c concerning becasue I don't see a single veggie up there and almost everything you listed is processed crap



i would add more veggies and fruits to his diet. You can even put veggies into a smoothie if he won't eat them



Or do substitutions. Try mashed cauliflour instead of mashed potatoes. Puree veggies and add it to pasta sauce. Puree carrots and add it to mac and cheese.

ashley[&ryan!] 1 child; Crystal Beach, Ontario 1169 posts
25th Apr '13

my son will be 3 in 6 days. his diet mainly consists of grilled cheese, peanut butter & jelly, peanut butter & fluff, cheese sandwiches, peas, mac & cheese, any pastas, hot dogs, sometimes a hamburger, sometimes bologna, eggs, toast, muffins, cereal, yogurt. with his meals or for snacks hell have apples, bananas, cheese, those toddler veggie puffs, grapes...pretty much any fruit. every now and then he'll snack on some chips or something like that with me.



hes not a meat eater=/ working hard to fix that.

*Bri's Mommy :) 1 child; California 2662 posts
25th Apr '13

I grew up eating foods like that, chicken.nuggets, fries, mac and cheese, amd strawberries.. I was very unhealthy. Im now a clean eater and I love it! My daughter also eats clean and she loves loves her veggies. This girl of coursecourse loves ice cream amd once in a while I will give her something like that, usually I make snacks at home so they arent loaded with processed crap you cant even pronounce.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting pilot Jess:</b>" honestly, that doesn't sound like a very good diet. I hear - starch, processed crap, fat, and sugar. ... [snip!] ... taste of something before he decides he doesn't like it, and try it again another time if he decides he doesn't. good luck."</blockquote>




Agree with this completely.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
25th Apr '13

I saw two fruits, zero veggies, and zero legumes. That diet is mostly starch, salt, and fat. I would be concerned if that was all my child ate.



Both of my kids, 6 and 2, eat veggies with hummus, beans, salads, lots of different kids of fruits. If I were I would start introducing more fresh foods like cut up carrots and cucumbers with hummus or something of the like to dip, sliced apples, grapes, blueberries, etc. just a lot more fresh fruits and veggies an a lot less processed stuff.
He sounds like a healthy boy but that kind of diet will catch up with him at some point and no adult with the diet looks or feels healthy. Kwim? I would just want to te and get him in the habit of eating more healthy when he's young so it carria into adulthood with him.

ashley[&ryan!] 1 child; Crystal Beach, Ontario 1169 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" It's a little c concerning becasue I don't see a single veggie up there and almost everything you listed ... [snip!] ... cauliflour instead of mashed potatoes. Puree veggies and add it to pasta sauce. Puree carrots and add it to mac and cheese."


i feel so bad doing it, but i try adn trick my son into eating meat all the time haha. ill try and throw bit of chicken or pork into his pastas. no such luck yet lol

ashley[&ryan!] 1 child; Crystal Beach, Ontario 1169 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting SavageDarling:" Insane two fruits, zero veggies, and zero legumes. That diet is mostly starch, salt, and fat. I would ... [snip!] ... I would just want to te and get him in the habit of eating more healthy when he's young so it carria into adulthood with him."


ohhh mmm hummus! we love that! hummus, guacamole, salsa are huge staples in out house!

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55055 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting ashley[&ryan!]:" i feel so bad doing it, but i try adn trick my son into eating meat all the time haha. ill try and throw bit of chicken or pork into his pastas. no such luck yet lol"


Kid don't need meats. AS long as they are getting protien from another source (peanut butter, nuts, beans, etc), then it is totally okay for them to not eat meat



No shame in hiding veggies in things. And I used to hide ground beef in pasta sauce to get Cora to eat meat. She would literally pick it out. So I stopping trying to make her eat meat

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55055 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting ashley[&ryan!]:" ohhh mmm hummus! we love that! hummus, guacamole, salsa are huge staples in out house!"


I hate hummus but Cora and i both LOVE Baba Ganouj. It's a roasted eggplant dip and it is amazingly good. We dip everything in it. Carrots, cuke slices, pita bread. I use it for sauce on chicken



So good

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ashley[&ryan!]:</b>" ohhh mmm hummus! we love that! hummus, guacamole, salsa are huge staples in out house!"</blockquote>




My two year old loves hummus, too! Sabra roasted red pepper hummus....Mmmm

ashley[&ryan!] 1 child; Crystal Beach, Ontario 1169 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" Kid don't need meats. AS long as they are getting protien from another source (peanut butter, nuts, ... [snip!] ... ground beef in pasta sauce to get Cora to eat meat. She would literally pick it out. So I stopping trying to make her eat meat"


hahah sounds like my little guy! hes a sucker for peanut butter! he would eat it on everything. except i pretty much NEED him to eat meat bc when he starts school he cant take peanut butter or anything contaminated with nuts :evil: seriously going to be such a pain in the butt.