Would be drink a non milk based smoothie? Like with an oat milk base instead? Or even juice based. Bananas are calorific so if he likes those add them to things!
If he eats well at dinner maybe use fattier cuts of meat, anything that needs slow cooking would work.
@ICanDream the hub is often quiet on weekends especially during the day. I've not had personal experience with this but just offering ideas.
What about omelettes for breakfast with lots of cheese, maybe ham and veg.
I would also try and address the not eating at school, is he too keen to play so doesn't take the time? Maybe something really easy to eat or to tempting to ignore? Maybe lots of small snack items, mini quiche, muffins, meatballs.
I would try to make sure all dairy is full fat, custard, yoghurt, cheese.
Will offer the more substantial breakfast too, it has been a while since I offered as he kept declining but happy to try again.
My son doesn't need to gain weight but he is pretty lean and is also happy to go basically a whole day at school with no food (he would rather play). Given that I drop him at OOSH at 7am and he doesn't get collected until 4.30pm, it's a long day.
I always make him either porridge or eggs of some form for breakfast. I don't let him eat cereal on school days because it's not filling enough.
I tell him he has to eat a piece of fruit in the car on the way to school (usually apple or banana)
He absolutely will not eat recess.
For lunch he only wants one lunch item and will not eat more than this. I put a wrap or sushi or a big roll or something. But I have noticed that he classifies Up and Go as a drink and not food, so I put one of those in there a lot as well because at least I know he will have it.
Thankfully they are made to eat crunch and sip in the afternoons, which is always veg sticks.
Then he eats an early dinner when we get home because he is hungry. Because he eats dinner early I give him a snack before bed.
Sooo... I guess my tips would be up and go's (if there is a dairy free option)? An early dinner with a snack later? Or maybe even he will eat seconds of his dinner if he eats the first lot earlier? Protein balls are great, I keep them on hand for ds1.
Last edited by Barnaby; 06-11-2016 at 14:44.
The only way I've ever gained weight is through exercise and building muscle. You could look at upping your son's exercise activity to increase his muscle mass. I'm thinking things like swimming etc that offers some resistance when he is exercising to build his muscle mass.
I've found with my kids that their appetites natuarlly increased when they hit puberty and had major growth spurts.
The small skinny 10 year old who nibbled at breakfast, bought lunch home uneaten most days and ate some dinner, has become the food obsessed 12 year old who cannot be filled up.
The food you are providing sounds fine.
If you want to get more protein into him, look at eggs and nuts. I give my DD poached chicken and salad sandwiches for her school lunches and she likes them.
I would drop the milo cereal and Nutri grain as it's empty calories (yes I know kids love it) I would try and mash avocado even sliced into omelettes.
Would he try cooking with you?
Nuts! Legumes. Veggies. My friend is extremely thin but she is vegan now and looks healthier than ever. Maybe get him to eat some cheese etc
Muesli bars? Does he like sport or anything good luck Hun
Adding in a couple ideas for breaky as my DS1 is prob the same as yours. If there was a 110% for height he would be in it and he is 5% for weight and 152cm at 9yrs of age. He struggles to put weight on. Genetics. Twice a week he gets poached eggs on toast he also gets ham and cheese croissant, porridge, hash browns (weekend only), weetbix. Some days for lunch I'll heat up sausages from the night before and wrap them in alfoil so he has that for lunch in bread with sauce. Chicken sangers for the protein, mini quiches is another one I'll chuck in for a recess snack
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