Since last night Henry did not partake in any of the Chanukah meal, today he got leftovers for lunch. He happily ate an entire potato & zucchini latke (though at first he started to just pull the potato & zucchini strands apart). He also ate a couple of bites of the breaded fish. The one thing he wouldn't touch? The beets!
I know beets don't necessarily seem like a typical kid food, but I've made beets at least 3 times before for Henry, and he has LOVED them everytime. He's signed for "more", and once even finished all the leftovers that I thought I'd get to eat for lunch! So when Henry wouldn't even touch the beets, I could not believe it.
At lunch, when I put the beets on Henry's tray, he shook his head "no". I thought he didn't realize what it was, so I said, "No, Henry, it's beets...you love them!". His response was to throw the beets, one by one, on the floor. I then left the topic alone, and decided I'd approach it at dinner.
At dinner, I again tried to give Henry the beets. Again, he refused. I was also feeding him the Morningstar Chicken Strips (vegetarian) at the time, and Henry absolutely loves those (at least for now...or so I'm learning). So, I decided to spear a bite on the fork first and then spear a piece of the chicken strip. Henry took the bite, and then removed the beet from his mouth and deposited it on the floor. I still felt he hadn't given it a fair chance. So, I got tricky...I cut the chicken strip bite in half, speared one half on the fork, then a bite of beet, and then the other half of the chicken bite (see pic below). Henry took it and actually ate a few bites. I don't feel victorious though because eventually he started spitting the bite out, removing the beet, and then eating the rest of the chicken strip.
I guess Henry is no longer a fan of beets. I'm not counting beets out though. I will still continue to make them, and offer them to Henry whenever we're having them. But I finally learned the lesson that I taught to my mother all the years I was growing up...just because a kid says (or shows) that they love a certain food, it doesn't mean they'll be in the mood for it the next time it's served!
On a side note, anyone have tips on how to stop a 16 month old from throwing food off his tray?
Happy and (mostly) healthy eating!