Share your Fussy Eating tales - Win a Fruit Box from Aussie Farmers Direct ~ the little lioness

Share your Fussy Eating tales – Win a Fruit Box from Aussie Farmers Direct


Ez turned one this week, and she is FAR from a fussy eater – the only thing she has refused to eat in the past is white bread (too boring!) preferring the multigrain loaf. She tucked into Dolmades when I handed her one, and stole half my olives last time I had a salad with her about!

Birthday Weekend!

Liam, on the other hand, is more ‘typical toddler’ in his approach to eating – white and yellow foods are considered quite safe – think nuggets, banana, bread, fish fingers, cake, biscuits and the like. Peas and corn are the veges of choice, but I’m told he gets that from his father ;) (and they are still both in love with the air fryer for cooking up such delights) I got a Thai fish cake into him over the weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

I’ve worked with a bunch of kids over the years as a speechie where they’ve had very selective diets – even moreso than Mr Liam. I remember once, while out on a visit, having the mum trying to encourage the kid to eat their egg sandwhich, and me struggling to find a comment to make that wouldn’t put them off – could the child SEE that the smell of egg, or the thought of runny egg yolks makes me gaggy? That only this year I’ve managed to eat a few hard boiled eggs, but I’m still a mile from runny eggs? That even though I know in theory that eggs are a good nutrient rich food. I have smell and texture issues when it comes to food! Pumpkin was another food I only learned to eat as an adult, and I’d take raw carrots any day over limp cooked ones!

How about you? Do you have any lingering food aversions as an adult that make it tricky to talk kids into eating stuff? Do you look at grapes with seeds and go “I know it’s normal to eat these, but I just can’t get past the teeny little seeds in them – hand me some seedless grapes”??

Could you do with doing the Gutsy Challenge, a fundraising project from the GI Cancer Institute that asks children to eat 2 fruit and 4 veg a day for 1 week. This healthy eating challenge is a great extra incentive for getting kids to eat well. What would you have to change in your diet? If you and your kids want to get involved, it runs until November, and there are loads of cool prizes to win for students who fundraise including digital key rings, movie tickets, iPod nanos, Nintendo DSis and more.

If you want a kick start, then enter my little comp – Share your food issues in the comments below for your chance to win a Fruit Box from Aussie Farmers Direct. I’m quite willing to say that this is a competition where the winner will be judge on amusement factors, with me sending a shortlist of my faves for the GI institute to pick the winner. Aussie metro addresses only (capitals and major regional centres, check the website if they deliver to you), and unfortunately they don’t deliver to NT or Tas. Closes on Aug 22.

Find out more about Gatro-intestinal cancers here.

Gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer
 GI cancer is the most common form of cancer
 26 Australians die every day from GI cancer
 20,000 are diagnosed with GI cancer annually
 Lifestyle factors, such as a diet low in fibre
and high in fat, as well as reduced physical
activity, also increases the risk of cancers.



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25 comments for “Share your Fussy Eating tales – Win a Fruit Box from Aussie Farmers Direct

  1. August 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Believe it or not I have one or two food aversions. I’m not a fan of steamed or boiled green beans. I like the taste but the problem is they feel chalky on my teeth and I don’t like that feeling. As much as I like most offal, I’m not a huge fan of tripe, although I will eat it to be polite. Tofu is also not something I’ve ever craved for.

    • August 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Raw beans are the best! Beans were something I refused as a kid… but would eat them frozen :) I like crunchy feedbacky food :)

  2. Di
    August 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    My son, who turns 5 next month, is notoriously fussy. He doesn’t eat meat unless it’s a Happy Meal (from ‘Old MacDonalds’ :oD), a KFC Popcorn Chicken Snackbox., or processed fish fingers or chicken nuggets from the supermarket frozen department. He won’t eat fritz, sausages, normal chicken, fish, mince, beef or even ham. Nor will he eat cheese. The only vegies he eats are broccoli and mashed potato, although he won’t eat my potato bake. Or my spaghetti bolognaise or pasta bake. Or even plain cooked pasta with no sauce. He basically won’t eat anything I cook (and I’m not a bad cook, I swear!). I’ve tried making faces and pictures on the plate and having him make his own pizza to get him involved, but nothing works. Suffice to say, I’m at my wits end. I’m sick of sending him to Kindy every day with a butter sandwich, because he refuses each and every filling I can think of. Luckily, he eats a lot of fruit, and if something is nice, he’ll say it “tastes like strawberries”. Cheeky little monkey!

    • August 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      At least you get the fruit into him!

  3. Alana
    August 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I couldn’t work out whether they’d deliver to Ballarat or not, but I do have friends in Melbourne who would love a fruit box, and I had to share my story. When I was 5, my mother and I lived in a caravan in my aunt and uncle’s backyard. I absolutely loved my aunt’s cooking and hated my mother’s – apparently at one point I outright told my mother I hated her cooking (what a brat I was!). My mother made vegetable soup one day and I refused to eat it, saying it was horrible. The next day she gave me the same soup but told me my aunt had made it and I wolfed it down. She told me afterwards that she’d made it and I hope I was a little nicer about her cooking after that!

    • August 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      oooooh you were a little brat :)

  4. Kim m
    August 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    My husband has allergies to soy, nuts, dairy, seafood and eggs, so fresh foods like this are unreal, (they are about all he can eat)!!!!

    • August 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      at least the fresh stuff is healthy :)

  5. August 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I cannot eat peas or raw tomato. Tomato in any form except raw I can do. As such I don’t feed them to my kids. On the other hand, my kids have an aversion to chicken nuggets because, and I quote “That’s NOT chicken, there’s no bones!”. If they can’t recognise the food, they won’t eat it. I have no idea where this has come from, but it as made life interesting for the grandparents who try to “spoil/treat” them and my kids turn their noses up at the junk food.

    • August 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      poor grandparents!!! hehe

  6. Kel
    August 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    My brother used to refuse to eat his crusts. My grandmother visited one day and sent him to school with the crusts cut off his sandwich. He returned that day with the edges of his sandwich in his lunch box.
    Personally, I used to avoid crusts specifically because I hated curly hair.

    • August 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      I ate my crusts, but never got more than a little wave, or slight ringlet in the damp :(

  7. Karly
    August 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I negotiate, really hard-ball, every night at the dinner table.

    Me: Keep eating.

    Master 4: How many more mum?

    Me: 10

    Master 4: Hmmm, I was thinking 2.

    Me: No way, 10 please.

    Master 4: What about 4 more?

    Me: No way, 10. It’s not negotiable.

    Master 4: What about these 5? (points to the smallest bites on the plate)

    Me: Right, you can eat 5 more but I get to choose them.

    Master 4: Okay, but not the peas or corn.

    Me: Right, this and this and this and this and this. (pointing)

    Master 4: No, that one’s got sauce on it. I don’t want that one.

    Me: Right, this one then.

    Master 4: That one’s too big. What about this one?

    Me: Okay that one. Fine. Eat please.

    ….and so it goes on. I’m tired of typing the dialogue. I’m tired of negotiating.

    There’s not a single food in the world I won’t eat. I’ve lived in Asia for a while and have eaten some weird stuff. He must get it from his father.

  8. Ronnie50
    August 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Fast food and frozen meals are pretty much the go in our busy household, but my daughters have grown up to love cooking and certainly prefer
    healthy food (fruit and veggies). Must be the influence of their friends (cheers to the younger generation!) and the popularity of healthy Asian eateries and organic fruit and veggie markets.

  9. August 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Well I’ve always thought Heidi was quite the fussy eater, she doesn’t eat food that touches, prefers white food, only last year did she add two orange foods to her diet – rockmelon and carrots, but they have to be whole carrots, not broken (cut/grated).

    Then last week we had a friend of hers over who only eats Nacho Cheese Doritos, must be Doritos brand, must be Nacho Cheese, must be served in the original Doritos packet so she knows it is the right thing. Made trickier by Annie’s friend who was over being on a wheat, dairy and egg free diet and Heidi’s nut allergy. But we managed, Doritos for one, organic corn chips for another, red apples for Heidi and Annie just wanted cordial.

    • August 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm


  10. August 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    My lingering food habit from childhood is a sandwich issue – sandwiches were always too thick for me, so I used to squash the bread together.

    I also ate “big lunch” at “little lunch” time, and struggled with the old-fashioned wrappers on cheesesticks. Back in my day, cheesesticks were in a plastic casing sealed with metal (!?) rings. There was a pull tab with red string (a bit like a bandaid). They were too hard to open so I used to stab them with a pen and suck out the cheese. Sorry, that’s rather graphic, isn’t it?

    We also had babybels and would save the wax to make unsuccessful candles. So now I don’t eat dairy, it’s probably from the trauma. I don’t remember other food habits, but we were allowed to bring nuts to school – renegade!

    • August 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      My sister used to eat the red wax on the babybels.

      She also ate eggshells.

      I remember the metal cheese stick ends!

  11. August 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I’m so grateful that it’s not an argument to get heaps of fruit and veg into my kids each day. I can imagine how difficult it would be with a fussy eater. The kids eat great, but unfortunately the husband is another story. He won’t each much other than potatoes, tomatoes and a few raw veggies. Drives me insane!

  12. August 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I have one very fussy twin , he never ever ate baby food and lived on the boob. Luckily for me his twin brother ate his wasted meals.
    The Speech pathologist got him to eat custard but that was one – 2 spoonful and they said to play more games with him . He only had eyes for my milk at home.
    He could have been Asian for all the rice he ate , it was nearly then only other food I could get him to eat without a meltdown or him gagging as a toddler.
    Now he eats a very limited range of vegie – green beans with seeds removed, carrots and some salad vege , latest addition is celery and cucumber . Fruit he eats well now.

    • August 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      slowly slowly?

  13. Kim m
    August 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I dont do seafood! I just see the tiny little heads and beady eyes looking up at me, and I have no problem imaging the little eyes and heads even if they are there. I have tried really hard to not have this eyeball aversion pass onto my kids, it must have worked because my son was about 11 before he worked out that I dont eat seafood when he does!!

    • August 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Do you eat tinned tuna??

      • Kim m
        August 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        Nope, nothing from the sea, not even seaweed!

  14. Neko
    August 23, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Suprisingly , My father has terrible taste when it comes to food. He will only eat it when its made by my mum, cut up and put on a plate.

    Anything elese and most of the time turns his nose up at it.

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