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However, the thoughts about milk and getting my kid to drink it are strictly and 100% my own.
Also, in regards to the sweepstakes portion of the FUTP60/Breakfast Blitz Promotion, there is no purchase necessary to enter. Full rules:http://milk.am/dadbblitz
The boy, on the other hand, has a very limited palate, and will turn his nose up at most new foods, and even some of the old foods that he used to love. (He ate all kinds of things until he was 18 months, after which he stopped most of them cold turkey.)
And the food has to be exactly the right thing. He can tell the difference (or so he thinks) by looking at a Kelloggs' blueberry breakfast bar and a Trader Joe's blueberry breakfast bar (and of course, he prefers the Trader Joe's variety). They look very similar to me, but to him one is delicious and one is repugnant.
(And I've done the taste test - they are identical!)
He does have a limited palette, but he does have a palette, and he will eat the foods that he likes with a strange sort of gusto, and he is SLOWLY expanding his tastebuds. (Chicken Katsu is a favorite at the Japanese restaurant, and I just got him interested in Beef Sate at the Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant.) It's hard work introducing new foods to him, as he's so definite in his distaste of something.
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One of our concerns is that he's not getting enough protein, especially in the morning. Nutritionists are always saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we want to make sure that he has a good one, to start the day off right. He won't eat eggs, or bacon, or ham. He doesn't like cheese. He will, however, drink chocolate milk. And since a glass of milk has more protein than an egg, we want to encourage him to drink milk anyway he can. (According to the Dairy Board, An 8 oz. glass of milk contains nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein. Protein in the morning can help keep you full, so you don’t feel hungry by mid-morning.)
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One thing we've been doing to increase his regular milk intake is cutting his chocolate milk with regular milk, so that his chocolate milk is actually about 2/3 white milk (2%) and the rest chocolate milk. And he will have regular milk in his cereal (thank goodness!).
We are working on it, and before long he will be wearing an ACTUAL white milk moustache, not just this one that I got as a fun gift for him at the Got Milk Table of the Dad 2.0 summit.
While I was at Dad 2, I found out about two great campaigns that Got Milk and their partners are running. I encourage you to check them out.
You don't HAVE to buy anything to enter. The sweepstakes ends February 17. Full rules and entry capabilities at http://milk.am/dadbblitz.
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I'm excited to be part of these programs and working with the National Dairy Council and their partners. And hey - if you have any ideas on how to get my kid to be a less picky eater, I'm all ears. Hit me in the comments.