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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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    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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    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.
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    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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    wasnt there a comment somewhere about carbeatingchildren having conpromised guts?
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    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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    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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    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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