I realized today that we have made huge progress with Maxine’s eating. As I have previously posted, she has not been the easiest child to get to eat. Also it has been expensive (over a dollar a veggie pack and she more than two a day) and time consuming to feed her (25mins minimum to get a bowl of cheerios in her – along with reading about 8 books to keep her entertained).
Luckily a few things have gone our way:
1. She spends Thursday afternoons with her cousin, Olivia, who is a fabulous eater!! She loves Olivia and wants to do whatever Olivia is doing – so if Olivia eats then Maxine eats! YAY! So we have been capitalizing on that and giving her food she usually would not eat during that time and although she pulls faces she will usually eat it.
2. My mom has been helping with getting Maxine to eat new things – she has been working really hard and it has been great to have someone with new energy join our crusade. Thanks Mom!
3. I have found new recipes that Maxine enjoys which has opened new possibilities for us – for example I can tweak the Junior League Cooking with Kids Quiche recipe so it is pretty much half spinach and half egg and now we can get spinach into her! Also this Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal recipe smells like cake and got her eating blueberries!
4. Don’t give her anything to drink for one hour before her meal or during her meal. This has stopped her from filling up on milk at dinner time.
5. Make lots and lots of smoothies – it has allowed us to slowly introduce new fruit flavors for example – a tropical fruit smoothie with pineapple.
So just how far have we come:
- well fruit packs are just for emergencies now: she eats strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, pineapple, apple, banana, oranges, chopped dates, raisins and mixed fruit packs (so we could include papaya). She is even starting to ask for some fruits which is wonderful.
- we still do two veggie packs a day: but we have her eating spinach and mushrooms in quiche and she LOVES rice so I can very, very finely cut veggies like broccoli and mix it in the rice and hide it under gravy.
- meats we are still working on but we have her eating meatballs (turkey and beef), turkey and chicken burger patties and roasted chicken and of course any meat hidden in spaghetti sauce. Of course she still loves her chicken nuggets and hot dogs (although we still have to peel them).
We will continue to work on her but I feel as though we have turned a huge corner and are getting there slowly and steadily. Our next step is to expand the veggies she will eat – we have a few ideas that I look forward to trying.