13 y/o DD so picky!

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Registered: 01-27-2006
13 y/o DD so picky!
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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 3:57pm

Our DD just started 8th grade.  They get lunch included at school.  Sometimes, often, it isn't very kid-friendly food.  Like Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad.  Anyway, there is always salad, fruit, yogurt.  This week she said the spaghetti was disgusting.  Yesterday was cranberry hoisin wraps.  It was the worst ever Mom!  They get a snack after school too.  That is usually "terrible."  Often she wants to head to 7-11 for a drink/snack since she hasn't eaten enough.  Not happening on my end but I'm tired of the battles.  At home she is picky too.  Doesn't like what I make usually and pouts about it.  I am thinking this is more about control than actual food taste.  We've told her her social life etc is going to be very tough if she thinks everything tastes disgusting.  She is normal weight so it isn't an eating disorder. Her older brother can be selective too but will make himself something if he doesn't want what I make.  Any thoughts?

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Registered: 01-27-2006
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 10:33pm

I just looked at the rest of the week and it should be ok..Sandwiches and turkey or veggie burgers, pasta (altho it has feta and tomatoes) but on Friday there is a schoolwide celebration and they'll have specialty food trucks onsite (yes this is a frou frou school!) so hopefully they can find something they like.  Wish I could sneak in:smileylol:

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Registered: 01-06-2007
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 3:34am
School lunch really is kind of gross a lot of the time - my eighth-grade daughter loves spaghetti at home, but wouldn't touch the spaghetti they serve at school with a 10-foot pole. She often doesn't eat lunch at all because she doesn't like the food and/or the lines to buy are too long, and she doesn't want to bring a lunch and carry around with her all morning (they're not allowed to go to their lockers until the end of lunch period, so she can't leave it there). She'll take a granola bar or some peanut butter crackers in her backpack, but it's not enough, and like your daughter, she comes home starving every day. I haven't found a good solution yet, and this is our second year of dealing with it - she didn't like most of the food in elementary school either, but there it was logistically feasible for her to bring a lunch every day.
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 5:37pm
Ours kids go to a private school that feeds the faculty and staff the same menu. The enrollment is not huge so they aren't preparing food for thousands. It really is decent most of the time...not like the stereotypical mystery meat portrayed in movies. Today was pasta with feta and tomatoes so I'm not expecting a rave review of that, but hopefully she tried the turkey sandwich? I guess our teen son makes up for what we pay...he had "only" 3 turkey burgers because he had cross country practice after school! He won't eat the turkey burgers I make here so I guess I can't win.
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Registered: 12-16-2004
Sat, 09-15-2012 - 10:59am

This might sound weird but take your daughter for a check up,  lack of some vitamins and mineral can make food taste horrible and also kidney and liver problem can  give food a foul taste.  When I lack zinc and chrome, sweet drink and chocolate and sesame seeds are the only things that taste good.

Other ideas is let her set the menu for one or twice a week and let her with the help of you cook the food and there is no kid food, all food can be child friendly, trust me I grew up  what some people  call adult food only.

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