Before I start this post, I want to re-post the Poetry Friday word which is LAME. Don't forget.
There is so much information out there for getting kids to eat healthy but not a lot for fattening up kids who are underweight. Understandable.
As I previously mentioned, 2011 sucked for us. We went through a large upheaval and tragedy. Our twins, now 7 years old, were diagnosed with PTSD and have been seeing a therapist. We noticed that our son had lost a lot of weight. A worrisome amount. But we thought that therapy would help and so we waited. Therapy goes well, but his weight still worries us. He has always been a very skinny boy, on top of which he has a metabolism like his father's - highly active and in need of feeding regularly or they suffer sugar lows, to the point of vomiting. Don't worry, we consult our doctor about these things of course. But here's the thing, we need to encourage eating without stuffing him with empty calories to gain weight.
What to do. It's not difficult to find healthy eating tips. What is difficult is finding the balance between healthy eating and eating to gain weight. Here's what we're attempting to do.
As much as my husband and I would prefer to eat a larger variety of meals, we're sticking to the kid favorites for now. If they love the meal, they are more likely to eat it and eat seconds too. I am adding whole milk into their diets for a while. 2% isn't going to cut it for the time being. I bought cookbooks specifically for kids. I am encouraging the kids to participate in the meal making. When they are invested in the food on the table, they are more inclined to eat it.
Here are some meals we're making: macaroni and cheese (not the kind that comes in a box - I can't stand that stuff), tacos, roast beef, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, breakfast for dinner like pancakes or french toast and eggs, pizza (strictly homemade of course - we won't break our pact), hamburgers, spaghetti. Anything the kids love, it's going to be on the table.
I am also encouraging healthy snacking between meals. We've always used fruit for that. Lately I try to give them yogurt or cheese with their fruit.
I'll let you know how it goes. Tell me if you've had this problem, what did you do?