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  • What Meat Recipies Your Preschooler Would Eat?

    My 5 y.o. daughter is a carb-based eater. She devours veggies, fruit and bread (sprout grain bread, whole wheat tortillas). But she is very suspicious of meat. So far, the only meat things she ate are:

    -meatballs (the only dish that has more than one ingredient), but not a meatloaf
    -boiled chicken/turkey/meat extracted from soup, but not broiled or with any hint of sauce
    -unseasoned pieces of pork-chop/beef roast (patchy)
    -all natural ham (sometimes)
    -all natural hot-dogs (I got them once in a while when I have liver and onions for hubby and the kiddo; can't stand the taste myself)

    getting even that into her is a challenge. Whenever she tries anything that has more than one component in it, she declares it yuck, even if it doesn't have spices on. Appart from meditating on how people raise children in the Oriental cultures with all the glorious spices and stir-fries, what can I try? What entices the children to eat meat?
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    My guy eats a lot of sausage - other types of meat are hit and miss.
    After cooking the sausage I peel off the casing and cut it into 1/16's. It then gets mixed in with sweet potatoes, cauliflower etc.
    Left overs go with eggs for breakfast.

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    • #3
      do you think she might eat different meats if they were made a little more fun...like a steak or chicken kabob. everyone likes food on a stick.
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      • #4
        She didn't want sausage (too spicy), and she never eats mixes of anything, except for a broiled tortilla with cheese and tomato ("pizza"); no way meat on that though. No root vegetables (sweet potatos, beets and carrots), but she devours every other vegetable, green, purple or red. She'd dip them in peanut butter, refuses almond or hazelnut butters.

        Only eats boiled eggs cut into pieces, and rarely. Scrambledd are no-no (mixture, eh?)

        Tried cabobs, the meat/chicken looked too 'spicy' because it aquired a light brown tint when broiling. had to remove from the stick and wash off as much as possible.

        Most nights I just give up and let her have her way with the vegetable plate with peanut butter & cut ham & eggs.
        Last edited by Leida; 08-02-2011, 07:02 AM.
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        • #5
          Homemade fish fingers or chicken fingers.
          How about meat sauce?
          Egg salad
          Liver paté (mince liver finely, mix with regular ground pork/beef, add chopped/minced onion, salt, pepper, allspice, egg, bake in water bath = win)

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          • #6
            wasnt there a comment somewhere about carbeatingchildren having conpromised guts?
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            • #7
              My 3yo loves scallops, chicken, lunch meat, scrambled eggs, and bacon.
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              • #8
                no meat sauces (mixed ingredients), no egg salad, and will not touch liver (yuk smell). Bacon 'smells good' when cooking -always runs up to ask what it is that smells good- but tastes yuk. eggs only boiled, no mixtured.

                I don't know what lunch meat is?

                Scallops! I gotta try scallops. She used to love steamed shrimps, but did not want them last 2 times I offered.

                wasnt there a comment somewhere about carbeatingchildren having conpromised guts?
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                • #9
                  My kid is an 'i don't like meat' eater too.

                  She will eat/tolerate: bacon (but it has to be cooked to her specifications - not too chewy or too crispy), hot dogs (but only certain brands), chicken or turkey breast (roast or deli), ham, white fish (no salmon, tuna, or shrimp) and pepperoni.

                  I think she's a supertaster. Drives me crazy!
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                  • #10
                    I'm not sure why that was a putdown, except maybe in the execution? It's absolutely true that picky eaters usually are responding to gut dysbiosis creating an off sense of what is and is not tolerable. You'll often see these children anywhere from somewhat to extremely picky about what they eat (usually tending towards carbs and only bland meats) and/or somewhat to extremely sensitive to other senses (noises, clothing, bright lights, etc.). They don't *want* to be picky, but their bodies are reacting badly to something in their environment and the root cause is gut dysbiosis.

                    If there are any other symptoms of digestive or neurological issues, I'd check out the GAPS diet for sure (it's 100% primal). If not, I'd just try these simple things that have worked for my own children

                    - Protein First rule. Until they get to the point where I can reasonably trust they'll eat a balanced meal even if everything is in front of them at once, they have to eat 1/6 of their body weight in protein first, before other foods. This sounds complicated, but isn't. A child under 45lb eats 1oz of meat, or 1 egg, or 1 cube of cheese, etc. Double that for one under 90lb. Etc. At first, I let them choose from any protein, including yogurt and peanut butter, because the benefits just from increasing the protein from any source are so huge, but eventually, I wanted them to be sure and get in less carby, more nutrient-dense foods, so the protein needed to be meat or eggs, and anything on top of that was just bonus.

                    -No grains or sugar at all, except 1/wk. This is really important for a carb-prone child. They'll always pick the carbs, even if all that is available is fruit, unless protein is first, and some kids will just starve rather than eat the protein if they know they'll eventually get the carb. A child in the latter group who fasts for more thana day definitely needs GAPS. Our kids get one dessert a week, and grains only at special events outside the house, and just one serving each. We don't have any severe reactions, just tendencies toward mild SID, ODD, & sugar addiction with grains in the diet.

                    You can try just letting her stick with her tolerances, but may find she doesn't really grow out of them unless you hit at the underlying imbalances. My sister, at nearly 30, never has. These children typically aren't stubborn or manipulative; their bodies really find those other foods revolting.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Leida View Post
                      no meat sauces (mixed ingredients), no egg salad, and will not touch liver (yuk smell). Bacon 'smells good' when cooking -always runs up to ask what it is that smells good- but tastes yuk. eggs only boiled, no mixtured.

                      I don't know what lunch meat is?

                      Scallops! I gotta try scallops. She used to love steamed shrimps, but did not want them last 2 times I offered.



                      Look, I am trying very hard. Don't put me down.
                      no no i wasnt putting anyoe down, i was trying to communicate that it may be more than a taste prefernce. it was like if you said you were sneezing alot and i mentioned that pollen was high in the air today.

                      sorry if it came across wrong.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MamaGrok View Post
                        I'm not sure why that was a putdown, except maybe in the execution? It's absolutely true that picky eaters usually are responding to gut dysbiosis creating an off sense of what is and is not tolerable. You'll often see these children anywhere from somewhat to extremely picky about what they eat (usually tending towards carbs and only bland meats) and/or somewhat to extremely sensitive to other senses (noises, clothing, bright lights, etc.). They don't *want* to be picky, but their bodies are reacting badly to something in their environment and the root cause is gut dysbiosis.

                        If there are any other symptoms of digestive or neurological issues, I'd check out the GAPS diet for sure (it's 100% primal). If not, I'd just try these simple things that have worked for my own children

                        - Protein First rule. Until they get to the point where I can reasonably trust they'll eat a balanced meal even if everything is in front of them at once, they have to eat 1/6 of their body weight in protein first, before other foods. This sounds complicated, but isn't. A child under 45lb eats 1oz of meat, or 1 egg, or 1 cube of cheese, etc. Double that for one under 90lb. Etc. At first, I let them choose from any protein, including yogurt and peanut butter, because the benefits just from increasing the protein from any source are so huge, but eventually, I wanted them to be sure and get in less carby, more nutrient-dense foods, so the protein needed to be meat or eggs, and anything on top of that was just bonus.

                        -No grains or sugar at all, except 1/wk. This is really important for a carb-prone child. They'll always pick the carbs, even if all that is available is fruit, unless protein is first, and some kids will just starve rather than eat the protein if they know they'll eventually get the carb. A child in the latter group who fasts for more thana day definitely needs GAPS. Our kids get one dessert a week, and grains only at special events outside the house, and just one serving each. We don't have any severe reactions, just tendencies toward mild SID, ODD, & sugar addiction with grains in the diet.

                        You can try just letting her stick with her tolerances, but may find she doesn't really grow out of them unless you hit at the underlying imbalances. My sister, at nearly 30, never has. These children typically aren't stubborn or manipulative; their bodies really find those other foods revolting.
                        Thanks i just didnt know more than what i said, but i knew someone here did
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                        • #13
                          I appologize, quelsen, in my personal guilt-trip I read your message wrong!

                          MamaGrok, that sounds like a great thing to do. Unfortunately, I can't control what she eats in the day care & my husband will never let me put her on a diet. I am already implementing protein first rule as much as I can. She doesn't fast at all, in fact she sometimes eats alarming quantities of carbs (my husband fell asleep and I came home to 6 banana peels). I will start with not allowing bananas in the house & just keep searching for proteins she'd eat.
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                          • #14
                            My now 12 yr old daughter was in the same boat and when she was 4 we got her to eat meat by basically getting rid of all starch in the house at the time and she got hungry enough to where she would eat meat. The gateway meats were sausage and bacon. D'oh! She still doesn't like breast meat from chicken but will eat a leg or thigh occassionally and she loves red meat and seafood. Some would call what we did abuse possibly but even 8 yrs ago we knew she needed protein and that was the only way she'd eat it. I think a lot of it had to do with me being a carbaholic while pregnant with her. Meat made me sick and I had violent morning sickness with that one.
                            Georgette

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                            • #15
                              I mean fasting when denied carbs. Like, if you made only meat, eggs, broth, & boiled veggies available to her for a week, how long would she go before giving in and eating?

                              6 bananas is alarming - something that a carb addicted child does. And GAPS is not "a diet," as in, eating less and counting calories to try to lose weight. It is primal (minus potatoes) with a special emphasis on bone broths and fermented foods. That's really it. It's what *all* people ate for hundreds of thousands of years, and what many tens of thousands still eat today as hunter-gatherers and we neo-h-g primal folks. It includes plenty of veggies, fruits as the child can handle them, and certain dairy as the child can handle it.

                              GAPS is a subset of the available foods, just as what you're doing is a restricted subset of available foods. If you don't allow her to live off of Goldfish and potato chips, you're already restricting her diet. This is just another subset, limiting it to healthy, real foods, minus starches & grains & sugar for a time.
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