Toddler Pickiness

Ever since Thanksgiving, Nora has been very difficult to feed because she’s been rejecting my fish and chicken stews. Since that was my main vehicle for getting a variety of veggies, grains, and legumes into her, I’m floundering again. She has also rejected plain chunks of cheese, which takes away a large category of snack food.

At the moment, the only foods she will eat in bulk are

  • fruit (berries, pears, oranges)
  • eggs
  • whole milk yogurt
  • my mom’s pork meatloaf (with cabbage, carrots, onions, and water chestnuts)
  • restaurant omelets with cheese and veggies (cannot replicate at home)
  • plain pieces of fish or meat as finger food
  • avocado
  • bread
  • Cheerios
  • chips, crackers, cookies, and other treat foods (offered sparingly)

There are a few other foods she will occasionally sample, but not consume more than a taste of. This list changes on an ongoing basis.

  • green peas
  • cooked tomatoes (for example, on pizza)
  • whole milk (on Cheerios)
  • apples
  • baby carrots
  • nori

For the most part, I’m not too concerned nutritionally, especially since I hope this is a phase, but I would like to find a way for Nora to consume

  • bone broth
  • probiotics
  • nuts and other allergens

I would also like to be less dependent on my mom’s cooking and restaurant food as a vehicle for veggies. Finally, I’d like to be able to eat as a family again without all this constant brainstorming.

I’m not sure if the best strategy is to keep doing what we’re doing (scattershot offerings that usually result in rejection but occasionally result in tasting), or try a full-court press of one item until it’s accepted. The real problem is that all the candidates for a full-court press are items we rotate or don’t eat on a daily basis – we’d get sick of eating the same veggies day in, day out, so we don’t.

  • whole milk
  • kefir
  • zucchini
  • leafy greens
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes
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