I think if children refuse milk it may be their body telling them it's not something they should have. They may be lactose intolerant, allergic or just plain unable to digest the protein. Milk can cause constipation and lead to IBS. The protein in milk can inhibit the absorption of the enriched vitamins (calcium, D) because of it's difficulty to digest.
08/20/2010 - 11:04pm
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08/02/2010 - 8:07pm
Actually, I was surprised that my 9-yr old loves beans. All sorts of beans. She loves fruit, beans, milk, broccoli. The problem I have is getting her to eat tomatoes, cucumbers, zuchini, squash, mushrooms, olives and cheese. Any suggestions on getting her to eat these types of foods?
08/01/2010 - 9:08am
Stir 1 full cup of organic frozen mixed veggies into mac and cheese the last 2 minutes of cooking. My daughter likes peas and carrots. Also, there are some new varieties (kids brands, so they'll like the package!) of mac and cheese made with whole wheat or whole mixed grains that taste the same.
Edamame in the pod are fun to eat and easy to add to the lunchbox.
I've added finely chopped fresh spinach to every pasta dish and home made pizza for a year and now she says she likes spinach! Chopping the spinach makes it blend in and be less obvious. Stir it in at the last minute or place it under the cheese on pizza to protect it from overcooking and turning "yucky" green.
Make quesadillas with a spread of mashed beans flavored with cumin and part skim mozzarella. I have slowly introduced whole black beans and corn, even cilantro and green onions and she eats it up every time!!