December 2012, we talked about our struggles with our picky eater and we told you what our latest approach would be. We also told you we’d keep you updated.
So far, the “corn cake” is an almost weekly hit. He acts almost insulted if he doesn’t get to help cook it! And he puts the stuff away!! I’m considering substituting greek yogurt for the sour cream to sneak in some added protein. We shall see.
He loves to help cook every meal we make. Anything needing measuring, scooping, pouring… he’s on it! He’s learning critical thinking, conversation, cooking skills, health and teamwork while we’re talking about life and bonding. I am loving it!!!
A few nights ago, we cooked brown rice; which he loved eating when he was very little, but suddenly one day decided he wouldn’t eat it anymore. While we were assembling dried brown rice, water, salt, pepper, ginger (because we also made stir fry) together, we talked about him trying it and he promised he would. And he did! And he said it was delicious!! But then he opted for a bowl of mac & cheese instead of seconds on the rice. That’s OK, though. I had promised him that if he tasted it, he could have the mac & cheese. And he talked about cooking the rice with Mommy throughout dinner. I consider that a win for tonight and am praying that the next time we have brown rice, he’ll eat even more of it.
While we’re always looking for ways to get him to try any new foods, our primary goal is to increase Israel’s protein intake. According to Baylor College of Medicine, Israel should be getting 0.55 grams of protein for every pound he weighs. He weighs approximately 39 pounds, so he needs right around 22 grams of protein every day. I’m ashamed to say he’s not getting that.
So here are a few things we’re doing to get higher amounts of protein in our kids:
~ Scrambled eggs with ricotta cheese. Eggs have approximately 6.3 grams of protein each and Israel almost always eats 2. One heaping tablespoon of ricotta is about 5 grams of protein. Together, that’s about 17.6 grams of protein! And that’s before the cheese and cream I add! He LOVES this one, so huzzah!!
~ Gorton’s fish sticks. The package says that there are 2 grams of protein in each stick. He usually eats 6 sticks, so that’s 12 grams of protein. Yeah!! (I should add that we buy a bag of 115 sticks for $7.60 at Sam’s. Double Yeah!!)
~ Peanut butter & honey sandwiches (on Daddy’s multi-grain bread). The bread is about 5 grams of protein in 2 slices and I use about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter; approx 6 grams. That’s 11 grams of protein. Not too shabby.
~ Peanut butter crackers. (Also from Sam’s.) These are great in a pinch and an almost daily afternoon snack. Love them!!
Some other sneaky tricks we’re considering:
~ Hershey cocoa powder in ricotta cheese. We hear that if you run it through the food processor, it’s about the same consistency of pudding. The boy loves chocolate pudding, so this might be an awesomely healthy 6 grams of protein after-dinner treat for him!
~ I mentioned swapping greek yogurt for the sour cream in our “corn cake” (Paula Deen’s corn casserole). It looks like I could go from 5 grams of protein to 20. Hmmm…
~ I’m also trying to figure out how to sneak tofu into the mix.
He’s doing well, but he’s a skinny little thing and has a little purple under his eyes. That concerns me.
Teagan still eats just about everything. Thank God!!
And that’s the latest regarding eating issues on the B side.
Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked with your brood?
Let us all know!