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    So it would seem ds3 is the worst eater I have

    From being a baby who loved avocado, salmon, veggies & meat, he now only eats jam sandwiches, plain pasta and a bit of cucumber or broccoli.
    I don't remember the last time he ate any protein - I guess it was a few days ago, maybe Thursday.

    He's just turned 3.

    We've been to the Gp, he's on his 3rd percentile curve (it's not like he's dramatically dropped), and he's relatively healthy. However the fact is that he still eats next to nothing, and that doesn't sit well with me.

    My other 2, I could 'starve' and tell them that if they didn't finish their dinner, thy couldn't have anything else. This little guy is so strong-willed he will just refuse to eat. Then he wakes at 2am hungry and it's hard to discuss stuff with a tired hungry 3yo.

    So, has anyone given their kids any protein powder eg sustagen or similar?

    I dont know what else to do. Incremin hasn't increased his appetite at all.

    Any tips?

    I thought we'd gotten past he fussy eater stage
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    I had a super fussy child at that stage. I was told to try and get in as many calories per mouthful. Add some cream (although not sure how you could do that to the list of foods you said he eats), butter on the sandwich etc. We were given a pediasure type drink for him to have as well (although he was fussy with that too). The pediasure (milk based) would have been the protein element.

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    Definitely using the butter already. Yes, the cream would be good, but the pasta has to be plain so I can't even do a creamy sauce.

    He loves his milk so *maybe* he'll like the vanilla flavour, but it will be a battle I'm sure.

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    DS2 (4 years) has been fussy for the last 2 years. He has a daily multivitamin (the gummy ones).

    Will he eat peanut butter? I let DS2 have it by the spoonful! Paediatrician recommended it. He will also eat other nut butters as well.

    Will he drink a smoothie or a milk shake? I add peanut butter, milo and protein powder to full cream milk.

    Will he notice butter or olive oil on his plain pasta? I started with a tiny bit of butter and now he asks for the butter on his pasta and rice.

    Have a look at Ellen Slattery's division of responsibility - it has helped us a lot with feeding DS2.

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    Peanut butter, no. Won't touch it.

    Butter is on the pasta, which is good.
    On top of the fact that he loves sweet stuff he doesn't like strong flavours. I used to make pesto for ds1 when he was fussy but this guy hates it.

    Thought we'd gotten him to start enjoying spag bol but he's gone back to refusing it.

    That's kinda the plan, to try and get him to have a banana smoothie with the sustagen in it, I just hope he drinks it. Might have to add some mango puree to it as he definitely has a sweet tooth.

    Will have a look at that page - thanks.
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    Will he eat roasted sweet potato or pumpkin? You could purée that up into a bit of a pasta sauce perhaps. If you can get something like that into him (thinking because it's sweet) you could try to purée lentils and beans into it for more protein without it being meat as such.

    What about getting him involved in the food selection and prep. Even one day a week, let him pick a meal or something out that he'd love to help prepare and hopefully eat. Make a big deal about how well he's doing and how much everyone else will be so excited to eat what he's made them. If he doesn't eat it, don't make a big deal, just ignore that part and tell him how amazing the meal he made is. He might come around after a couple of times if the first time doesn't work

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    I actually make a few things from a website called 'wholefood simply'. Mostly the sweet stuff.

    It is very very heavy on nut butters and tahini but it is the best way I found I could get DS some protein.

    Sweeteners are either honey, rice malt syrup (I mostly use that) or maple syrup. And the chocolate recipes use cacao.

    I mostly make the bliss ball recipes. They aren't super sweet. And I freeze them too.

    As for sustagen DS has some. But he has not had any in quite a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MayGal959 View Post
    Will he eat roasted sweet potato or pumpkin? You could purée that up into a bit of a pasta sauce perhaps. If you can get something like that into him (thinking because it's sweet) you could try to purée lentils and beans into it for more protein without it being meat as such.

    What about getting him involved in the food selection and prep. Even one day a week, let him pick a meal or something out that he'd love to help prepare and hopefully eat. Make a big deal about how well he's doing and how much everyone else will be so excited to eat what he's made them. If he doesn't eat it, don't make a big deal, just ignore that part and tell him how amazing the meal he made is. He might come around after a couple of times if the first time doesn't work
    Not sure that he'd be in on it, but will try it in Friday when his big brothers aren't around to distract him.

    He'd eat hot chips at the shops all the time if he could, but if I make them at home, he won't touch them. If it looks different, then he won't try. We'll keep persisting.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    I actually make a few things from a website called 'wholefood simply'. Mostly the sweet stuff.

    It is very very heavy on nut butters and tahini but it is the best way I found I could get DS some protein.

    Sweeteners are either honey, rice malt syrup (I mostly use that) or maple syrup. And the chocolate recipes use cacao.

    I mostly make the bliss ball recipes. They aren't super sweet. And I freeze them too.

    As for sustagen DS has some. But he has not had any in quite a while.
    Yep I've made a few things from that page too, it's yum! the problem is that he won't try new stuff at all. But thank u, that reminds me to try and have another look - and have been meaning to make chocolate & avocado cupcakes for ages. Perhaps he'd go for a cupcake.


 

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