So today is the final day of our food challenge, and while I am extremely proud of C, I was quite surprised that it turned out to be more of a challenge for me than for him.
What you may not know about me is that I was, as a child, an extremely fussy eater. I still remember the feeling of fear when a new food was placed infront of me and I’m ashamed to say that this was something that carried on until I fell pregnant with C when I was 23 years old and really started focusing on eating healthily (although it’s still something I struggle with now).
That’s what spurred me to do this as being picky makes life a whole lot harder. You can’t go out for meals, it’s awkward when you eat at someone’s house… You know the drill.
Anyway, I do not want this for C. I want him to enjoy food and be healthy, after all food is the spice of life!. So I took myself out of my comfort zone, C out of his, and I introduced him to 1 new food every day for a week. Here’s how it went:
Monday: Red pepper (something we haven’t revisited since weaning when he rejected it).
Status: Feel free to check out my previous post about day 1 on the epic FAIL of this!
Tuesday: Smoothies: (click here for recipe). The last time I tried these, he deemed them disgusting and then spat it out all over the floor!
Status: Success! The orange went down better than the strawberry but I put this down to the strawberries being a bit sharp. I will be experimenting with adding veg to these very soon!
Wednesday: Quinoa. I wasn’t sure how he would react to this on it’s own so I coated chicken with it and made chicken nuggets. After telling him they were fish fingers (he calls anything with breadcrumbs fish fingers) he ate 1 of them which is reasonably good.
Thursday: Savoury muffins. We made carrot and cheese muffins together and C gobbled down 5 in a row! (Recipe here)
Status: Epic Win!! (But then they did resemble cakes)
Friday: Noodles. I’ve always steered clear of noodles for one reason or another. It was more because I thought he’d reject them as they were a bit different so this one was more about getting me out of my comfort zone. I served them with a marscapone pasta sauce as this is one of his favourites.
Status: Success! And he’s asked for them every day since!
Saturday: Cucumber (another thing he rejected while weaning and I never tried again). I cut the skin off as he’s always been funny about skins and just placed it on his plate as a side. I ensured that I didn’t bring any attention to it too.very important to avoid any power struggles or tantrums! I also told him he didn’t have to eat it if he didn’t want to.
Status: Bear in mind that I was exposing this to him every day from the beginning of the week by just putting it on his plate. He didn’t touch it until today when he asked me for a sticker (on his reward chart) if he tasted it. He took the tiniest bite but I still see this as a win!
Sunday: Sweet potato (a food he used to eat baked but then decided he hated because it was the same colour as a carrot!). I chopped this into chip shapes, roasted in theoven and served as a side with fish fingers.
Status: After initially refusing to eat it, he tried a small bit and decided that they were actually quite tasty! Success!
I really would recommend this to anyone dealing with a fussy eater as it exposes them to a whole host of new foods. And I even got an extra little surprise when he tasted a carrot on day 2 (though hasn’t eaten one since so not sure if this was a success or not!).
Next step: Try a new vegetable everyday for 10 days before moving on to the next. If he takes to it well then incorporate it into his everyday meals. (studies have shown that it takes at least 10 tries before their little taste buds accept or reject them). Wish me luck!