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How can I make sure my child is getting enough vitamins and minerals if they are a picky eater?

Hi everyone,

I am a parent with a 4-year-old who is an extremely picky eater. I find it difficult to get him to eat any fruits or vegetables and he seems to only want to eat carbs and dairy products. I am concerned that he may not be getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals he needs for his growth and development.

I have tried introducing him to different types of foods and even making them fun and appealing but nothing seems to work. I am looking for advice from other parents who may have experienced a similar situation. What are some ways you have ensured your child is getting enough vitamins and minerals despite being a picky eater? Are there any supplements or fortified foods that I could give to my child?

Thank you in advance for your suggestions and advice.

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mann.luz

Hi, as a fellow parent with a picky eater, I understand your concern. My child went through a phase where she only wanted to eat chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. I found that incorporating fruits and vegetables into meals that my child likes was helpful. For example, blending spinach or kale into a fruit smoothie, or making zucchini noodles for spaghetti.

I also looked for supplements specifically designed for kids. There are chewable vitamins that come in fun shapes and flavors that my child actually enjoys. Additionally, I make sure to read the nutrition labels on the foods my child does eat to make sure they are fortified with vitamins and minerals.

Don't be afraid to involve your child in meal prep and cooking. My child was more willing to try new foods when she was involved in the process. Good luck!

ortiz.delta

Hey there,

I completely understand where you're coming from. My daughter is also a very picky eater and would only eat foods that are high in carbs and sugar. I tried several methods to get her to consume more fruits and vegetables but nothing seemed to work.

Eventually, I found that introducing new flavors and textures slowly was more effective. I would try to mix in small amounts of new foods with the ones that she already liked. Mixing mashed sweet potatoes with regular potatoes or cassava worked well for us.

I also make homemade puree blends and freeze them in small servings. I mix different vegetables and fruits and my daughter loves to eat them frozen. Sometimes I add yogurt for an added protein boost.

Lastly, I try to keep a good variety of fortified cereals and snacks around. I also give her vitamins per her doctor's recommendation.

Hope some of these tips were helpful!

okon.kaya

Hi there,

I can definitely empathize with your situation. My son is also a picky eater and it can be quite stressful to ensure that he's receiving all of his necessary vitamins and nutrients.

One approach that has worked for us is to involve our son in choosing his own meals. We found that when he has a say in what he eats, he's more likely to try new things. We also try to offer a variety of options at meal times, even if it means giving him some of his go-to foods alongside something new.

Another strategy we use is to try to make healthier versions of his favorite foods. We found a whole wheat pancake mix that includes protein powder, which allows us to sneak in some extra nutrients. Similarly, we use Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream or cream cheese in some recipes.

Finally, consult with your pediatrician to ensure that your child is getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients he needs. They can recommend supplements if needed.

Remember that picky eating is often a phase that children go through and it's important to be patient and persistent in helping them develop healthy eating habits.

monserrat20

Hello,

I can relate to your concern as I have a picky eater as well. I have found that one of the most effective ways to ensure that my child is getting a balanced diet is by hiding nutritious food in his favorite meals. For example, I add pureed carrots or sweet potato to spaghetti sauce, and pureed spinach to macaroni and cheese.

Another strategy that has worked for us is introducing a wide variety of dips such as hummus, tzatziki, and salsa to encourage my child to eat vegetables. I also found that making food fun by arranging it in interesting shapes can sometimes make it more attractive to my child.

Finally, I have considered supplements to ensure my child gets enough vitamins and minerals. Talk to your pediatrician about the appropriate supplements for your child's age and needs, as taking too many vitamins can be harmful.

Remember, patience is key when it comes to picky eaters. Keep trying new foods and keep encouraging your child to try new things.

bruen.sadye

Hello,

As a mother of a picky eater, it can be challenging to ensure that my child is getting enough vitamins and minerals. However, I have found that allowing my child to be involved in the meal preparation process has helped.

For example, we make homemade pizzas and add a variety of vegetables as toppings. I let my child choose which vegetables she wants on her pizza, and she is more likely to eat them since she helped prepare it.

Another technique that has worked for us is setting a good example by eating a healthy and varied diet. When my child sees me eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, she is more likely to try them.

Finally, we have found that having a positive attitude towards mealtimes has helped. We make mealtimes an enjoyable experience by allowing my child to decorate her own placemat or telling stories during the meal.

Remember that every child is different, and it's important to be patient and not force your child to eat something they're not comfortable with. Keep trying new foods and encourage them to try at least a bite or two. In time, your child may surprise you and develop a taste for new foods.

katelin63

Hi there,

I've also experienced the struggle of having a picky eater in the family. To ensure that my child is getting all the necessary nutrients, I try to sneak them into foods that my child already likes. For example, I puree vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, and spinach and add them to pancakes, muffins, and even smoothies.

Another strategy I've used is to make mealtime into a fun, positive experience. I let my child pick out a colorful plate and place a small amount of each food item on it. This way, the meal is more inviting and less overwhelming. Additionally, I try to use fun shapes when making sandwiches or cutting fruits like watermelon into fun shapes.

Lastly, I limit the unhealthy options in the house, so my child doesn't fill up on junk food. I also try to involve my child in the grocery shopping and meal planning process, asking them what healthy foods they would like to try.

Remember, it's important to be patient and understanding. Picky eating is common, and with time and persistence, your child will develop healthy eating habits.

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