One of the many new foods we’ve been trying to get our picky son to try: blueberries.
You’d think we were feeding him bugs, with all the horrible, gagging-vomit motions he did. Maybe we’ll try that one again in a year or two. But we have to get more fiber in his diet.
In April, while we were out of town for a baseball tournament, our 9-year-old was doubled over in pain. With appendix problems in mind, we went to the emergency room, only to find out he had a serious “traffic jam.” And we had a $1,000 bill for the hotel he had thrown up in, the hospital visit and lots of other expenses. Miralax, anyone?
I asked for some advice for foods we should try feeding him, and you answered. Here are some reader responses, and my replies:
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▪ “Spaghetti sauce and pasta can hide an infinite amount of veggies.” (Well, sure, but he doesn’t like spaghetti sauce. That’s right, he eats his noodles dry.)
▪ “Children are more apt to eat a food they choose or grow.” (Try telling that to his papa, who had him pick veggies in his garden the other day. He loves picking, just not eating.)
▪ “Bribery makes the world go ’round.” (How do you think I got him to eat a sliver of strawberry? He says he hates the seeds and texture. His prize: chocolate, of course.)
▪ “You don’t have to like, you just have to eat it.” (He’d be at the dinner table for five hours, in tears.)
▪ “Flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed mixed with cranberry juice every AM.” (Not sure even I’d do that; does it make the juice taste funny?)
▪ “The secret — ranch dressing.” (That’s a no-go. He doesn’t like ranch dressing.)
▪ “My mom taught me to always make things look pretty.” (Either I make a flower-shaped fruit tray or the laundry gets done. The laundry wins.)
▪ “Cut up raw veggies during dinner prep; casually place them in a bowl on the counter or table. Kids will nibble on it as an appetizer.” (We’d have a lot of wasted veggies. I’d be the only one nibbling.)
▪ “High-fiber snack bars.” (This one is actually a winner. He loves Fiber One bars. The only caveat: gas.)
▪ “Make smoothies that contain fruits but also greens like kale.” (This one might work, but the kid is a texture freak; anything with seeds and we get the squinty-eyed-tongue-out-disgusted look.)
▪ “I was in my 20s before I learned about how important water is to keeping our intestinal system working.” (Me too, especially after an all-night vodka binge. We have been making our son drink more water; he now has to finish a certain amount if he wants dessert or something else to drink.)
▪ “I use canned pumpkin in pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc.” (I actually think our son will go for this; he loves his grandma’s pumpkin bread during Christmas. Of course it helps when Grandma sprinkles sugar on top.)
▪ “I also convinced my grandkids that as they got older their tastebuds got older and started liking new things. Kids love to think they are growing up.” (I can say that when I was a kid I would never have touched any kind of seafood. Now, conch and shrimp are my favorites!)
So we’ve been bringing home new fruits and vegetables to try each week. The star fruit ended up just rotting in the fridge. But we had a few new healthy contenders for daily consumption.
Bo’s winner: fresh pineapple cut like pizza slices.
He will also eat: corn (not on the cob), peas (not in the pod), fancy cut green beans (no stringy ends, please), cold pork and beans, peanuts (when he’s not near someone with an allergy) and canned diced peaches (he won’t touch the whole fruit).
I’m pretty sure he’s close to eating a few more new things, such as cherries, with pits removed first.
What we aren’t close to … paying off that $1,000.