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#1 Old 11-15-2016, 12:08 PM
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How to add healthy foods to a picky eater's diet?

My boyfriend is an omni and a very picky eater. He also has a big problem with the textures of certain (ie most) foods.

These are the things he will eat in each food group:

Fruit: bananas, grapes (I think), blueberries (only in pancakes or muffins) I think that's all except fruit juice and jelly. He drinks apple juice and cranberry juices (usually the cran-mango which has added sugar)

Veggies: Corn, potatoes (only as fries or chips, and no sweet potatoes), tomato sauce on pizza and ketchup, says broccoli stalks are "okay" but never seen him eat any

Grains: Basically bleached flour products, will eat whole wheat bread when I make him a pb and J with it. doesn't like pasta or rice

Meat: mostly beef and chicken, some pork, rarely any seafood, will eat eggs but never makes them

Dairy: cheese, butter, milk (doesn't even like the smell of soy or almond milk), only yogurt he likes is trix or gogurt

Legumes: Peanuts and peanut butter, though doesn't eat these much

Know any tricks for easing into new tastes and textures, especially for someone who isn't too keen on doing it? Some recipes aimed towards kids maybe? Doesn't have to be vegan. Not trying to change him, just trying to get him to eat some fruits and veggies.

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#2 Old 11-15-2016, 10:19 PM
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If he drinks juice do you think he'd try a smoothie? That's a good way to sneak in extra fruits and veggies without him knowing.

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If he drinks juice do you think he'd try a smoothie? That's a good way to sneak in extra fruits and veggies without him knowing.
Yes and blitzing veggies into pasta sauce or soup works well too.

Or make banana ice cream purely from frozen banana, it's all over the internet.

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I get my partner to eat more veggies by adding peanut butter sauce over them (in a pan, melt some peanut butter, soy sauce, rice or white vinegar, ginger powder and if you have it turmeric, and dilute with water to make a creamy sauce).

As far as plant milks, there is a ridiculous amount of different kinds now...rice milk, coconut milk, pea milk, hemp milk, flax milk, sesame milk, cashew milk in addition to almond or soy milk. And for the latter two, there are full fat versions and chocolate etc. The only way I could get my partner to drink almond or soy is the full fat version with vanilla or chocolate flavor. I still can't get him off dairy for drinking (he has rheumatoid arthritis and the Mayo Clinic doctors even recommended he get off dairy) but he will consume plant milks used in baking or cooking in place of dairy.

My partner is also not big on fruit (but will eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches, or apple slices or celery with peanut butter). Sometimes I make pancakes and make a fruit compote by adding berries, apple, or pineapple to a pan with a little cornstarch, water, and sugar and heat to make a thick sauce to go over the pancakes. I've also made this compote sauce with pineapple and vegan yogurt to go over sub sandwiches with roasted veggies and he'll eat the veggies this way. Roasting vegetables in the oven makes them a bit tastier.

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LOL i swore up and down when I read your post you were talking about my husband! ^_^

He's better now but when I first met him he had a deep revulsion for all foods that were not meat, potato, bread, or deep fried fish. I still can't get him to eat raw veg, but I found it has helped immensely to cut things really small, and cook them to a point where they no longer have a crunch. Soups and stews, roasted things, etc, tend to go over the most successfully. He has only ever eaten steamed broccoli once and it was covered in cheese sauce, and even then it was a struggle, so broccoli is off the table (for now) LOL.

I also make sauces from pureed roasted cauliflower, carrots, or beans etc - he will eat that no problem, even though he claims cauliflower is the devil LOL.
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I think that the most important thing is that he is open minded. I have similar problem with my boyfriend, taste and texture.
He is willing to try new foods but he is so scared that he will not like what he bites. A friend told me that if you present a food for 12 times, the person starts to accept it (like with kids). Try new recipes, ask him to stay open minded because mind can trick you and say that you don't like something even if it's not bad after all.

I don't enjoy much the smell of soy milk too but I don't have to sniffle it! haha


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