My children (9 and 6) are pretty fussy eaters. Basically, they eat a lot of fruit and some veg (raw carrots, sweetcorn, potatoes, tomatoes sometimes and I can sneak some veg in pasta tomato sauce such as swede, onions and carrots) They eat most bread items.
The main problem is they don’t eat meat. Well, my dd doesn’t eat meat at all but my ds eats some meat such as sausages or chicken nuggets. He also eats very tiny chopped chicken if I disguise it in a tikka masala sauce and he eats rice (my dd doesn’t eat rice),
They eat baked beans although my dd is eating less and less of them at each serving these days.
So…how on earth do I get iron and protein into them? They have tonnes of energy so I have no problem with that but my dd is very small and slim and she always looks so pale with dark circles under her eyes which I am sure is down to lack of nutrients - iron in particular. She doesn’t eat leafy green veg (neither of them do) and the only beans I can get into them are baked beans. I’ve tried both in pasta sauces but they both make the appearance or taste of the sauce SO different they don’t like it.
So, should I give them an iron supplement do you think? If not, how on earth do I get iron into them? My ds I’m not so worried about as he’s tall for his age and doesn’t seem so pale (and as I said he does eat some meat) but my dd just looks so pasty all of the time and is so tiny compared to her classmates.
Any advice would be great. x x x x