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#1 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:02 PM

We are currently in France, and both my 4.5yo DD and 1yo DS are reasonably fussy eaters.

The first 4 nights we stayed in self catering accommodation, and DD ate steak and vegetables each night, DS ate bananas and a bit of toast. Now we are in catered accommodation (specialising in kids), and they make kids food which neither will eat (it’s delicious actually). DD is eating jam on baguette, and mandarins (and chocolates). DS is eating baguette with butter, banana and a bit of the fruit and vegetable purée pouches I brought from home.

It’s frustrating but I’m actually quite pleased they are both eating the baguette, as at home they only eat whole meal loaves.

Anyway, I’m wondering how to get a decent meal into DD. At least DS is still breastfeeding! She likes to eat plain meat or fish with plain vegetables, and will not eat mixed food. She doesn’t like the yoghurt here, or drink milk or eat cheese, so is getting no protein. And is very active skiing all day.

#2 Coffeegirl

Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:23 PM

Have you asked if they can prepare a simple dish for your DD?  

Could you order a steak for yourself and give her some?

Otherwise, if it’s only for a few days, I wouldn’t worry too much.  Your DD can get what she protein she needs when she gets home.    At her age most kids need more carbs anyway as they are burning more energy

#3 PrincessPeach

Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:58 PM

I wouldn't be worrying about food intake if it's only for a week or two. Unless they are constantly hangry & their sleep is being compromised - then I'd be asking if they can prep some simpler meals.

Edited by PrincessPeach, 09 January 2019 - 07:59 PM.


#4 countrychic29

Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:16 PM

Don’t stress, it’s only a holiday I have one amazing eater at home and aboard - who will try anything (chicken legs, century eggs, lampredotto etc) and one who is a great eater at home but we go overseas and she just eats bread or rice or plain pasta - beyond frustrating but I figure she will eat if hungry somehow she always finds enough energy to throw a tantrum or run off!

#5 Moukmouk

Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:36 PM

Pretty much every kids menu we saw in France had “steak hache” - basically minced beef in heat looks like a hamburger patty grilled. Because the meat is usually very good they were very yummy! And steak frites (steak and chips) was universal. Have you tried asking them? I found my kids ate well in France because the kids meals did tend to be simple grilled meat/fish and chips.  Either of mine are good with sauces/creamy stuff. But bread does go a long way to filling them up!

#6 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:56 PM

View PostMoukmouk, on 09 January 2019 - 08:36 PM, said:

Pretty much every kids menu we saw in France had “steak hache” - basically minced beef in heat looks like a hamburger patty grilled. Because the meat is usually very good they were very yummy! And steak frites (steak and chips) was universal. Have you tried asking them? I found my kids ate well in France because the kids meals did tend to be simple grilled meat/fish and chips.  Either of mine are good with sauces/creamy stuff. But bread does go a long way to filling them up!

She’s not a fan of burger patties, and will only occasionally eat chips. The other day I got her a crepe with sugar, she said she quite liked it except for the sugar :lol:  Yet give her a bowl of cherry tomatoes and she’s happy.

#7 Jersey Caramel

Posted 09 January 2019 - 09:20 PM

Will she drink hot chocolate? We're just finishing a holiday in Germany/Austria/Switzerland and the kids have had more hot chocolate in the last 4 weeks than the previous 4 years! It could be a way to get milk and energy into her. My kids also like a hard boiled egg which are often on offer at breakfast, if she eats eggs.  Otherwise I wouldn't stress if it's only a week or so.

#8 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 09 January 2019 - 09:24 PM

How long are you staying there? It sounds like they usually eat quite well, so in the short term I can't see the problem.  I have an extreme picky eater who has survived long periods on bread with jam plus some dairy with no meat or veg whatsoever.

#9 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:46 PM

View PostFuzzyChocolateToes, on 09 January 2019 - 09:24 PM, said:

How long are you staying there? It sounds like they usually eat quite well, so in the short term I can't see the problem.  I have an extreme picky eater who has survived long periods on bread with jam plus some dairy with no meat or veg whatsoever.

We’ve got another 10 days. She usually eats a good but restricted diet, and struggles with eating away from home. I suppose I’m a bit worried that she will get constipated, as she usually eats a lot more vegetables and other fibre. I don’t think she’s done a poo for a couple of days, and she wet herself today (really not good in the snow!) which is a sign she’s constipated.

JC - good point about the hot chocolates, she’s been having at least one a day, I’d forgotten about that.

#10 Ellie bean

Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:40 AM

If they sell osmolax there, I’d probably buy some and give her a dose each day till you’re home and her diet is back to normal, to nip any constripation in the bud (i can’t remember what the age is for having it without medical advice though)

#11 littlepickle

Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:09 AM

Would she eat pate on toast? Might be a way of getting some protein in. Or ham and vegetables? If you took the meat out of the casserole gravy and served separately? We are currently in Paris and it has been such an ordeal catering for a vegetarian! Two 'vegetarian' meals have had to be returned as they had Bacon in them - there was no mention of meat on the menu and we confirmed that there would be no meat at the time of ordering. DD is currently living on hot chips, basic salads and fruit and is not happy... there were so many options at our other stops that she feels a bit let down as Paris has always been a dream.

#12 Jersey Caramel

Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:28 PM

Re constipation, I am quite strict with sending my kids to go and have a "sit" every day while traveling. They get sick of me asking about their poo! :lol: It is too easy to get out of routine while on holiday and put off toilet trips due to all the activity, in addition to the dietary changes. Plus once constipated,  they are grumpy and don't feel like eating either.

#13 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 11 January 2019 - 02:28 AM

Poo tonight before dinner, what a relief. And then she ate plain pasta, which is just about unheard of, plus frozen peas and more mandarin. She’s eating a jam sandwich and some veggie sticks at lunch, so I think we are going to survive.

#14 Nanns

Posted 11 January 2019 - 02:44 AM

I had some fussy eaters. Would't even eat the stuff they would usually eat at home.

They did lose weight and when we got home, they put it back on.

It was very frustrating as we only ate at places that were of interest to them and then they would eat nothing after it was ordered and arrived.

I moved to the point that this was not a holiday if I was constantly trying and nagging to get kids to eat.

Have you got some vitamins.

#15 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:58 AM

Hi Nanns, how’s the travel going this time? Are your fussy eaters less fussy now they are older?

I’ve decided to stop worrying about DD’s meals, she’s eating fruit, vegetables and some carbs, so not doing too badly really. We will get her a steak for lunch tomorrow, and at our next accommodation I’m going to have a word early on about what she will eat and hope they can tweak the existing meals to give her a bit more protein (so if it’s chicken casserole could they cook a bit of the chicken plain for her, that sort of thing).

One good thing is that she has been willing to try new foods. She decided she liked the fish fingers they had for lunch the other day, I’m hoping that might lead her to try the chicken nuggets that are on the menu for dinner tonight :lol:




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