Posted by on May 10, 2012 in toddlers and eating, toddlers and picky eating, toddlers eating habits | 0 comments

Here’s a question I’ve been pondering lately: Is it bad if your kid is a picky eater, if the things he is picky for are fairly healthy?

If Ryan had his way,* he would exclusively eat the following items, in this order:

  1. Banana
  2. More banana
  3. Applesauce
  4. Goldfish
  5. Banana again
  6. Yogurt mixed with oats
  7. Puffs (organic fruit and veggie grain puff snacks)
  8. Cheerios
  9. For dessert: banana**
And he would wash all of this down with an unlimited supply of milk.
None of these are inherently bad. The applesauce doesn’t have any added sugar. We buy organic whenever possible. Even the goldfish are baked and whole grain. And I should be happy that he prefers milk so strongly over juice.

But there isn’t much variety on that list in terms of nutrients. And it’s a little gross how much milk this kid consumes.

Banana and milk! Boom!

For the most part, he doesn’t eat large meals. He would be happy to graze all day long. And part of me thinks that’s good, that’s the body’s natural way of processing food. And part of me is like “Dude, could you please eat more than a quarter cup of yogurt for lunch?”

Oh, my blogging time has run out. Ryan would like some applesauce.

*And more often than not, he does.
**Question: How many freakin’ bananas can one person eat before they turn yellow for life? Stayed tuned for the answer, because we must be on the cusp of discovering this.