When you have a child who doesn't eat

May 5, 2016

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If you are a mom, you've probably been down this road. Your child, who used to eat every thing you put in front of him or her suddenly wants NOTHING to do with food. They become super picky and only want to eat foods that are a certain color. At our house, it's not just that Hudson is a picky eater (he's three, so yes, he's kind of picky) but it's also that he just is not interested in eating. He would rather play or run around like a crazy man than stop and eat. I've tried everything...taking him shopping and letting him pick out the foods we will make. Having him help me cook. Putting food on a stick. Cutting his food in to fun shapes. But nothing has really worked as a long term solution. He might eat something one day and the next day tell me it's yucky and won't touch it. Or he'll eat three bites and be done. 

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I used to let it stress me out (and if I'm honest sometimes it still does) but I'm learning to just let it go.  When's Hudson's hungry, he's HUNGRY and will scarf down a plate of food while I stare him down try and figure out where my real son went and who the strange boy that is actually eating belongs to.  So I know he won't starve. And according to his doctor he's healthy and right on track for height and weight. But most days Hudson wants nothing to do with food. The ONLY thing that has worked for us is to make a smoothie every morning. As soon as Hudson wakes up in the morning he asks for a smoothie...and has ever since he could talk. If it weren't for these smoothies I don't know what I would do! So, since he won't eat, I have to get creative and pack those smoothies full of goodness. Here's what I typically blend up each day:

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Frozen berries (usually strawberries)
Any other berries I need to use up like blueberries or black berries
1 - 1 1/2 fresh banana
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup tofu (for extra protein!)
Chia seeds (sometimes)
Juice (watered down 50%)

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This usually makes about 2-3 smoothies, depending on how much I dump in there. My husband and I drink them most mornings too! I found these cute plastic cups on etsy for Hudson and he loves them.

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Sometimes I get really sneaky and add in a cube of frozen left over purred sweet potato, carrots, or green beans that Sadie won't eat any more to really pack in the nutrition! Shhh...don't tell my husband!

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I let Hudson pick two each day and he absolutely LOVES having a choice...and surprisingly he switches his selections up each day! I think it makes him feel like a big boy to pick out his vitamins himself. 

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    14 Responses to “When you have a child who doesn't eat”

    1. I could have written this post. My son won't eat anything. Pancakes, waffles and block cheese are about it. It's so so so frustrating. He won't even try anything. I'm going to try this smoothie and see if by some magical way he will drink it! Also totally picking up these vitamins stat! Happy Thursday!

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    2. I have been waiting for the smoothie recipe to try with E.

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    3. I have always loved that you give Hudson smoothies!! Jack isn't picky yet, really the opposite but I know our time is coming. I will be pinning this for future reference & may start making them soon for Jack! Thanks for sharing!!

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    4. When I make Hudson's smoothie, I put more spinach in so it is REALLY green!!

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    5. I love this and can totally relate! There are days where Noah won't eat much at all, then randomly he will have a day where he eats all his meals and is constantly requesting more healthy foods! We do a similar smoothie each morning and I love that I know he's at least getting something healthy each day! Right now Noah loveds his Flinstones vitamins but I really love the look of these!!!

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    6. This is awesome! I need to make smoothies because I seriously think Cam would eat more that way and I could sneak veggies into his diet. I love your recipe. We will be trying it. :)

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    7. I really need to get back into making smoothies! Wyatt is pretty much the same way. Occasionally he'll go for some strawberries but otherwise it's chicken, noodles, & cheese.

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    8. This was so Mason at this age! We literally had to make him stop to eat. And even then it wasn’t much. And he’s picky…his food groups were chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, milk, and yogurt. That’s all he would ever eat. But, as he has gotten older he is more interested in food and eating and is even trying new things. So, there is hope, Mama! I’m going to have to try smoothies with Mason. He’s weird on texture, but it’s worth trying. Love these pictures of Hudson and his little cup is precious. Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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    9. I'm sure it's a 3 yr old thing, but we have the same kid Haha. He's go go go all day long and picky as can be. Current trend for breakfast lunch and dinner (if he's interested) is crackers. Le sigh...

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    11. Smoothies and juices are the easiest way to get all the nutrients in too!! Absolutely LOVE his cup! x

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    13. Could you post the link to the Etsy cup? Thank you!

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      1. It's from an Etsy shop called Remembered Once More!

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