I just put together a document for Josh’s school about what he’ll eat. I am also distributing it to the various babysitters that are in his life right now. I thought I’d post it here. I am curious if Josh appears to others to be one of the pickiest eaters on the planet (feel free to comment). My older two children ate everything (and I–ahem–credited it to good parenting at the time) so this is new terrain to me. Also, my older two never had sugar in their life until they were much older. But we rejoiced when Josh agreed to eat a cookie. Hey, he was exploring a new texture finally. And Ritz Bits with PB? Believe you me, these would not have been offered to my older two either (they were raised on only organic, whole wheat, highly- fibrous matter). But with Josh, I just rejoiced that he was finally experiencing some other kind of protein other than grated cheese. I was hoping the Ritz Bits would serve as a gateway drug to a PB and J sandwich (hasn’t happened yet–I even tried white squishy bread).
So, if any of you have raised picky eaters, please chime in. Is Josh’s list horribly limited for a two year old? I find myself still resisting the dreaded food clinic (in the summer, when it was recommended for the third time, I pushed it off to our fall punch list–only so much time for all of the special needs that come with Josh). I am now back to thinking that the feeding clinic might cause more problems than it solves.
Here is the food list (sorry, my Word document didn’t transfer in very nicely and I don’t want to spend anymore time messing with it):
Josh, Eating at 2
I am generally a picky eater. I haven’t yet agreed to drink milk or eat bread, meat or eggs. I also reject things like noodles, pancakes and waffles—they just can’t get me to see how yummy these can be. I seem to like mostly crunchy things; that said, I don’t like most veggies. Every now and then, I’ll try a new food and so my list of acceptable food has grown from two things (yogurt and Cheerios) at age one to the list below. Feel free to try to get me to expand my diet.
- Apples, without skin
- Peaches, fresh without skin and canned diced peaches
- Very small baby carrots (or carrots cut extremely thin). Don’t give me too many at once. I love carrots and put too much in my mouth at one time and have a hard time swallowing them.
- Cheddar cheese and I favor grated cheese
- Peanut Butter, on crackers or dipped in apple slices
- Mini Ritz bits with peanut butter
- Flavored Triscuit crackers
- Wheat Thins
10. Goldfish or Annie’s Organic Bunnies (Crackers)
11. Cheerios (prefer plain vs. sweetened flavors)
12. Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Vanilla Smiley Snacks (sort of like cereal—iron fortified).
13. Yogurt (most often Stonyfield organic). Banana is my favorite flavor.
14. Kefir (Lifeways Organic Probug Kefir). I usually have two of these/day in place of milk. This is my most favorite food aside from mom’s milk. Dad always has these on hand when mom is out and about.
15. Ice Cream. I love vanilla the best. I call it “Ice.” (I prefer Hagan Daz and even recognize it in the store so don’t try to pass off some cheap ice cream on me; I know better).
16. Two Corn tortilla chips or half a tostada with cheese melted on top. Please break these into small pieces for me. Sometimes I will dip these in hot sauce.
17. The Chex cereal from Chex mix.
18. Nut thins (chip/crackers made from rice and almonds by Blue Diamond).
19. I have eaten a raison or two under close supervision.
20. I will eat a small piece of a cookie (PB, Choc. Chip, sugar) sometimes.
21. Teddy Bear grahams and graham crackers—will eat, but not a favorite.
22. Saltine crackers, in a pinch.
23. I have eaten fresh grapes, pears (canned too), and pineapple, but don’t want to eat them right now. But who knows, that could change, so the parents keep trying.
24. Potato Chips (I mooch these off of my big brother).
25. I once ate part of a grilled cheese sandwich. The moon must have been positioned just right that day.
I drink water (love water), apple juice (diluted or with my multi-vitamin in am) and breast milk (I am pretty darn smart though, and I can tell that my mom is trying to take this away from me–but I plan to fight tooth and nail to keep this most delicious substance in my life).