I don't mean MOPE as a characteristic of my attitude, I mean a Mother of Picky Eaters. I came across this chart for help with vitamins and vegetables, but there are still problem areas. Breakfast and lunch are typically no problem. The boys will eat anything from cereal to waffles, bagels to oatmeal and any fruit you put in front of them (except cantaloupe for some reason). For lunch, they love peanut butter & jelly, ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, fruits and pastas. The problem is dinner! I can't get them to eat white meat (chicken, pork), a variety of vegetables, rice or potatoes. If you're in the same boat with vegetables, maybe this will help.
If they won't eat CARROTS, give them baked sweet potato fries, cantaloupe or dried apricots
If they won't eat BROCCOLI, give them tomato sauce, red or green peppers or strawberries
If they won't eat SPINACH, give them baked white potatoes, bananas or steamed edamame
If they won't eat LETTUCE, give them cooked green peas, orange juice or asparagus
I have to admit that I'm torn with this list. I don't want to be a short order cook for my kids and I want them to have to try different things instead of just giving them what I know they like. Can a child be too young to force them to eat what is on their plate?!
What do you think about this? Are your kids picky eaters? What have you done about it? Do you have any suggestions for my meat-less eaters? Are you a MOPE too?