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Encouraging Your Child to Eat Meat

by bkhoury on June 02, 2009

After struggling all this time, I finally had a break through with William these past few weeks.  He started gobbling up meat!  Ok, so I “doctored” it up a little bit, but we’ve come a long way from the immediate throwing it on the floor rejection scenario.  At his 12 month well visit he was border line anemic, so getting enough iron in him through meat has been in the back of my mind a lot. 

I realized I was feeding him rather dry, boring meat, like plain sautéed chicken. So, I started doing a lot more marinating and seasoning and it has made all the difference.  I guess kids like flavor too!  The first trick was to put a tiny bit of honey on a chicken tender.  I fretted over the idea of giving him extra sugar for a few seconds… until he kept asking me for more and I quickly put it in perspective!  Now, he is accustomed to the extra work chewing a piece of meat requires and the unique texture. 

One night recently, William decided he didn’t like salmon which he has always enjoyed before (don’t you love toddlers!).  I put a little salmon on a whole wheat cracker—crackers are always a favorite—and sure enough he ate it up with no fuss! 

This week I was emboldened to give him steak AND curry chicken.  I marinated a strip steak and grilled it.  He absolutely LOVED it!  It was so tender too.  I was so curious to see how the distinct taste of curry chicken would go over (it is a favorite of ours).  I made it really mild with milk, apples and raisins.  Another huge hit!  I hope your kids like both of these recipes on this week’s menu too.  Let me know! 

Share your wisdom:  How have you convinced your little one to eat meat?  Which recipe’s are hits?  Which are misses for your kids?

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