Just Jamie's post yesterday Pyramid Schmyramid got me thinking about Blake.
As a teacher I used to encourage the children in my class to try new things. When we cooked (as seldom as that was... I would rather do it weekly but didn't... anyway)... I used to tell the children to at least take one bite, just try it! With Blake a lot of times I can say just take one bite and try it and and he will, but 9 times out of 10 the item then is spit out and is dog food!
I can tell with him it is more a texture thing than a taste. He will eat berry flavored cereal bars, yogurt and such, but don't try to give him a strawberry, blueberry or any berry for that matter. He loves to drink orange juice, but refuses to eat oranges. Blake eats Granny Smith apples (sometimes) and bananas... that's it for fruits
He lovesss to eat meat and cheese. He eats breads, crackers, and cookies, but not rice or pasta (other than mac & cheese). I try to sneak veggies in where I can... he LOVED veggies when they were baby food and even when he first started with finger foods, but now... no thank you I don't want to eat that corn, peas, beans etc...
I love fruit! I like to eat the veggies I like to eat. I grew up eating fruits and veggies all the time. Richard... well Richard eats fruits and some veggies (he is doing better now since he realized that when you steam veggies they have more texture and taste!). I want my kids to grow up liking to eat fruits and veggies. Soooo we keep offering them to him, and he keeps spitting them out (if you get them in his mouth... when he touches them he makes an awful face).
It will be a lot better once he's a bit older and I get him to help out in the kitchen. I have found in the past that when children have ownership over a meal they are more willing to try it themselves.