Emma Will Not Eat Tofu (Not That I Blame Her)

My daughter, Emma is absolutely adorable (even strangers tell us, so we assume it is not just us). However,  she has her moments.  As of late, there have been more and more of these moments.  While I was pregnant, I connected with several old friends who were also pregnant at the same time. We commiserated together, moaning about aches and pains, whining about swelling, and swapping recipes to satisfy food cravings (oatmeal cake mix PBJ bars? YES PLEASE!). But now, when I go on Facebook, I see only beautiful, clean children.  These children are always smiling and according to their mothers, these children always say please and thank you and never ever have meltdowns.  Their vacation pictures portray smiling children on the beach, whereas our family vacations have A LOT of tears… from all parties involved. Seriously, traveling with a child is one of the most stressful things I have ever done!

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 These mothers say that their children eat everything that has been put in front of them, including- but not limited to- every vegetable you have ever heard of. That is the one thing that irritates me the most.  I know these mothers are lying when they claim that their homes are meltdown-free zones, however, I find myself buying into their claims about their toddler’s eating habits.  Steamed tofu with a side of brussel sprouts? For real? I wouldn’t put that in my mouth, let alone ask my three-year old to eat that. Which is a good thing; because I can assure you we would have an epic fit on our hands!

tofu Emma Will Not Eat Tofu (Not That I Blame Her)

My child exists on a diet of apples, strawberries, cheese, hot dogs, popcorn and PBJ (on multigrain bread- give us some credit!)- We tell ourselves it is very “French” in that she is making a meal out of fruit and cheeses. So far she appears none worse for the wear.  Recently, Emma started a more formal day care that provides hot meals at lunch for the kids.  Thomas and I are thrilled! This is the first exposure she has had to hot food that did not come from the grill and is not frozen pizza. She is less than thrilled, and has no idea what to do with things like casseroles, potatoes, rice, and broccoli. Tonight we made pancakes (I have not made pancakes in at least ten years), and she was amazed that Mommy knew how to make them!

emma baking Emma Will Not Eat Tofu (Not That I Blame Her)

Mommy does have a few tricks up her sleeves. However, she does not have the tricks that it would take to get Emma to eat steamed tofu, but if anyone does, I will be checking Facebook . You can message me; I won’t tell anyone that your toddler isn’t perfect!


  1. ha, so many people lie their asses off on facebook. That’s why I love my blog. I talk about the real ish. Like how hunting with my husband wasn’t that fun. And I fully intent on posting tantrum shots, because let’s face it, it’ll make for great blackmail for the kids later. ;-)

    That said, there has to be some fun ways to get kids to eat veggies. I recently grilled up some tofu and seasoned it like I would ground beef for tacos. You couldn’t really tell that it was tofu. Not sure about kids-I feel like they could sniff out healthy food a mile away.
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  2. I think Emma’s diet is great..considering my four-year-old niece won’t touch anything that doesn’t say M&M on it right now. She is seriously the pickiest child I know.
    We know this phase will pass, but I wonder what her next food of choice will be!

    And tofu…Yeah, not my thing either!
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  3. This made me laugh out loud (at work). Those mom’s who are putting all that crap on Facebook aren’t fooling anyone. They are just putting what they want people to see out there (and I find the same true for a lot of mommy bloggers, too). I have to tell myself this constantly because I am ALWAYS comparing myself to these moms. As for her diet…sounds good to me. At least it isn’t McDonald’s =)

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  4. This cracked me up. I think I am kind of glad I parented in the ‘cave man’ years lol. No, seriously, in my day, we judged too, you always do, unfortunately. BUT, we didn’t have social media, you know, Facebook, Twitter, Mommy Bloggers. Nope,just good old fashion town gossip,Parenting Magazines and the lovely Morning and Talk Shows! Yep, those things made moms feel like shit too BUT now you poor guys have the added pressure of Social Media. UGH!!
    I read all the parenting magazines and tried my hardest with my kids. In the end, I listened to the pediatrician. As long as I did my best to get the food pyramid in them and kept them active it was all good. I snuck healthy stuff in and to this day it has worked. The love salad (of course this is when they got into grade school) I put in spinach leaves, they never noticed, they had no clue they were eating spinach. My kids liked canned green bean, the pediatrician said it had vitamins and he preferred it to starches and french fries so give it to them (which today, everyone has a heart attack about, canned foods). My daughter loved bologna, talk about crap but she ate apples, a slice of cheese and drank water with it, that was one of her favorite lunches (oh and no bread, just a slice of bologna,weird, I know) the doctor said it was more healthy than other meals he had seen. In the end, my children were very rarely sick and both are at healthy weights to this day.
    Listen to your gut and doctor :)
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    • Thanks for the encouragement. And reality check! I figure I cannot be an over achiever in every single aspect of life!

  5. This post is hilarious, Julia. I especially liked your caption on the tofu photo. As of today, my baby has eaten absolutely everything that’s ever touched her lips (jinxing it, I know) so I can’t really tell you anything about kiddy diets, but I will say that I’ve heard tofu blends up great in a smoothie. I’ve got no experience with it and yes, I realize that’s not the point of your post, but nevertheless I thought I’d toss it in. Found your blog from Dual Voltage.
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  6. Those moms are goddamn liars!!!
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  7. This post is so cute! Even I’m not a fan of tofu, so good luck getting your little girl to try it! I’m sure you’ll think of something. Thanks for checking out my blog, now following you back via Linky :)

  8. Haha, oh my, this post made me laugh. Toddlers are a handful and most certainly cannot be counted on to eat what is put in front of them…especially tofu! But she still sounds like she is doing great with her food and her pic is adorable!
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  9. Moms lie, where do you think the kids get it from? My girls can be great eaters and eat everything put in from of them for weeks at a time, and then they have days that I have seen them eat nothing but PBJs – breakfast, lunch, supper and snack in between. Their getting a few food groups with them right? LOL. I don`t worry to much, they are growing, learning and happy and that is worth so much more than fighting with them to get them to eat something.
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