does she like fruit at all? My daughter (2.8) is very fussy but she does gobble down loads of fruit so we always feel that is a little victory. Sympathies by the way, I know the pain of the fussy eater.
well she's eating fruit, veg, calcium and protein - so not that bad - if she will try anything then I would just give her v small portions of new food along with her meals - to try and balance out her diet more - so a few peas/bit of meat or fish etc. and then try and slightly increase it.
My MIL tells me that my dh lived on peanut butter sandwiches, apples and milk for quite a while, and a doctor told her that that was a well-balanced diet and not to worry!
I'd give her a vitamin & iron supplement. She's got protein, carbs, calcium, and some vitamins & minerals in the cereals, bread, apples, carrots, eggs, juice. Healthwise, it's not a horrendous diet at all, I don't think.
have you tried her with humus and breadsticks or humus on toast?You could try giving some sort of organic squash like Rock if you have the guilts about the Robinsons. But I can see why you would give her squash as juice and milk can be too filling and put her off her food...
I wouldn't go back to blending food for her - its not just about the nutrition, you want her to get used to eating a wide range of healthy food and blended food really won't help with that. It'll set up a whole new issue IMO.
Try not to worry. Its amazing how little children seem to need in order to thrive! Of course its good to try and extend and improve her diet but don't let it become a stressful thing for any of you. Keep it calm and fun if you can.
Do you eat with her and offer her the same meal? I think it really helps if it is a social occasion , either with family or her peers or by going out. Will she have school lunch as she may be expected to try different things that way and at least it will take some of the stress off you persuading her to eat?
As she can't express herself clearly verbally I wonder if she may be using this as a way to protest about other things. You are naturally cocnerned and rise to her behaviour.
There are some foods in there that, in imbalanced quantities, could trigger her tummy problems you mention elsewhere ie. a bread and cereals which are gluten based and can cause bloating, discomfort etc. Can you really go back to basics , not pureed foods but simple meals such as fish and potato, chicken and rice , initially in very small quantities on a child-sized or side plate, to which you could gradually introduce sauce or variation (ie fish pie). Maybe take her with you shopping to choose ingredients and let her do simple tasks such as sprinkling with cheese while you cook.