Mom getting her son to eat healthy food .

Toddlers are famously picky eaters, but this Australian mom has no trouble getting her son, Jacob, to eat healthy food.
Every day, Lelah Mohmedi makes Jacob nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks — in the shapes of his favorite cartoon characters. And she documents it all on the Instagram account @jacobs_food_diaries.
Best of all, they're personalized. Mohmedi often includes a set of fruit letters spelling out Jacob's name. Our personal favorites are the apple letters.

Someone get this woman an award, preferably a trophy made from watermelon. more pics here:

This is how he is trained up to eat food?
I wonder how he will behave when he gets older?

Chef_uli, Jul 28, 6:21 pm

Uli you are showing your age, you have forgotten what picky eaters some little ones can be. Anything that gets the food down the hatch< I don't think they will want to eat like that forever!

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 28, 6:50 pm

perhaps her son is autistic many of these children severely restrict their food intake so anything is worth a go. Well done Mum I wish I was as clever !

Chef_melford, Jul 28, 7:17 pm

Great . is this how you got your chlldren to eat healthy food?

Chef_samanya, Jul 28, 7:28 pm

lol, At least he should be able to spell his name.

Chef_geldof, Jul 28, 7:57 pm

Yes melford, I agree. I would and do try anything to get them to eat a decent meal at any time.

Chef_nauru, Jul 28, 8:13 pm

I do admire you ladies!
Wonder how it will work when Baby number 2 arrives.

Chef_uli, Jul 29, 9:44 am

Child number 1 would have probably choked on a tooth pick by then . uli.

Chef_pickles7, Jul 29, 10:37 am

The idea could come in useful for cocktails when they're older, they are definitely tasty looking.

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 29, 11:38 am

If they don't eat, they're not hungry. Like cats.

Chef_lythande1, Jul 29, 1:03 pm

I wonder what is used to make the black hair.

Children usually eat fruit without all that palavar. Maybe she was just trying to think of a good angle for showing off her fruit characters and artistic skills and also getting herself some publicity.

Now I'd like to see what she does with cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, broccoli, bok choy, etc. Will she be as creative and will the foods be presented before they are cooked to death so that there is no nutrition.

To other posters. Did the article specifically say the child was autistic. I know it takes a bit to get autistic children to eat.

This man has done wonders in that area. No cartoon characters from him though.

Chef_buzzy110, Jul 29, 1:22 pm

I pandered to my first born. Bad mistake. He's still fussy. No. 2 and 3 eat just about anything. If they don't like it they go hungry. The food above does look gorgeous and I appreciate the artistry. But for me now real food in all its wonderful rainbow of colours really excites me.

Chef_vmax2, Jul 29, 1:35 pm

Looks like a person who has plenty of time on their hands to indulge and play. nice for the child I guess.

Chef_karlymouse, Jul 29, 3:15 pm

Haha! I would say at a rough guess he will have problems changing from mum to wife :) or any partner that would "cut up" to his ideas.

But never mind - that is not what this thread was about.

I started it to say "why would you go to this extreme to raise a kid?"

And we had interesting results.
The first posting people were the ones who thought I am mad - then later we got some different posts - from people that might not be online all day and night - who thought maybe that extreme is not such a good idea.

When I was a kid I ate what was on the table, knowing there was nothing else. I did not HAVE to eat it - no-one ever made me eat a salad or veges only to be able to have dessert. To this day I am not very interested in dessert, but in real food. And while it took about 14 years to get interested in green beans for example - I now love them. Kids know what is good for them (same with spinach).

What is this kid going to do if the ingredients are all of a sudden (because of a new baby or mother getting ill or losing interest) just in a salad or a bowl before it - without all the fuss? Will he still eat "his healthy food".

We can only think and guess about it - maybe we need to ask the reporter in 10 years time for another interview?

Shall I bump this thread until then :)

Chef_uli, Jul 29, 5:36 pm

Are the kids you have experience of, goat or human uli?

Chef_hezwez, Jul 29, 5:40 pm

Thats a myth -read up on autistic children

Chef_melford, Jul 29, 6:48 pm

We had trouble with our youngest, who is mildly Aspergic, we as most parents in that situation had to get creative because every child like that has different triggers. For us it was consistency so we made 14 identical dinners once a fortnight and froze them in identical containers. Each pack contained the same basics exactly (otherwise he would refuse to eat) to which was added a little of one new thing. He had to eat the one new thing first then he could have the dinner he was used to thus slowly his palate of foods he could eat gradually grew until now as a teen he eats pretty much anything.

Chef_beaker59, Jul 29, 7:00 pm

I don't have children, but it looks a hell of a lot of food for a toddler! It could also be that the mother likes the recognition/fame on the social media and the toddler might not be fussy at all. it seems a little ridiculous (unless it's a birthday).

Chef_stefanie, Jul 29, 7:05 pm

Yep. Beautiful presentations . but for a working mum with 3 kids, say?
As someone said if kids don't eat 'ordinary' 'healthy' food, are they really hungry?
I don't know.

Chef_samanya, Jul 29, 7:06 pm

Quite melford, sometimes it can be quite a battle trying to get them to eat anything at all. Anything out of the ordinary is a definite no no as far as my Grandson is concerned and different foods can't touch each other on the plate either. Managed to get banana milk (not the bottled shop bought stuff) into him during the holidays with some other goodies whizzed in it, which was a major triumph. From then on banana milk is an everyday drink.

Chef_nauru, Jul 29, 8:00 pm

ok, so you aren't a mother, DON'T comment until you have children or not, you will never understand unless you are a mum, and every child is different, and i think the mother of this child is very artistic and should open a shop or website. well done to her

Chef_kids4ever, Jul 29, 8:17 pm

Exhausting. Once, many years ago, my then young son wanted to make a montage type thing (something he'd seen on telly or in a book. can't remember) using fresh veg. It was all Cauli and Broccoli 'trees' and Carrot 'bridges' celery, cucumber etc so I agreed. But. I had just one proviso. we make it, you try everything that goes into it.

We made it (looked fab) and he did - try everything - and it opened his eyes to fresh, raw veg. Still prefers any of his veg raw even to this day. :)

Chef_sampa, Jul 29, 8:30 pm

My kids were never picky with their food, they would have had to go hungry. They used to enjoy ploughing the top of the mashed potato with a fork while making tractor noises though, that was the nearest thing to kiddie designer food.

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 30, 8:35 am

What? They never built ponds for the gravy with the mash? Then carefully breach the wall so it hits the meat or veges outside?

Chef_uli, Jul 30, 4:48 pm

No, but I bet you still do Uli

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 30, 5:27 pm

:) Yes of course!

But it is now cauli mash or celeriac mash or something similarly exciting .

And the gravy now always goes towards the big slab of beef!

Chef_uli, Jul 30, 6:27 pm

Nauru it is quite a challenge isn't it? My 3 year old grandson is the same the food must not be touching on the plate, no sauces, gravies or condiments of any kind. The food must be consistent in flavour and colour, any change he wont even look at it let alone taste it. Other people just don't understand autistic children are extremely picky and will in fact starve themselves, It has nothing to do with naughtiness.

Chef_melford, Jul 30, 7:00 pm

I was right in this case though. the child isn't a fussy eater at all, just as I thought.
I also think OP's second link to the Ernie and Bert plate looks like a lot of food, I don't have to be a mother to see that. heck I don't eat that much for breakfast (and haven't as a toddler either).

Chef_stefanie, Jul 30, 7:28 pm

As I have no idea about autistic children (having only met the odd one at friends places) - what is going to happen if they do not eat their food for weeks at a time - surely they do not simply starve themselves to death?

No human does that - as far as I know. So is it just the parents that are worried or is it really that these kids do not eat for weeks at a time?

This sounds terrible to me.

Chef_uli, Jul 30, 9:03 pm

My grandson didn't eat for a week and we sought medical help. He then started eating but he is so picky and a lot of things influence his intake of food. See this site

Chef_melford, Jul 30, 10:02 pm

Yes I wonder about that too. is it simply the parents become so scared they will die they pander to the demands - so they have no survival instinct to eat when they are starving . ?

Chef_karlymouse, Jul 30, 10:26 pm

Well most of us know what low blood sugar does to a kid. And would try to avoid it. Behaviour issues if you don't know. I don't think any parent wants that, particularly when the child already has behaviour outside the norm! I have a fussy 6 yr old who regularly had no dinner because I refused to cook him sausages and chips every night. If you haven't experienced it, you don't know what your talking about. It is very exhausting and demoralising to have to go through this with every meal. He is getting better but it is a slow process of making him try foods and gradual acceptance. I think he is a "super taster", and needs bland food. Also is a sugar addict which his father can take the blame for.

Chef_wendalls, Jul 31, 12:50 am

A burst dam, I wouldn't like to live below your place

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 31, 8:48 am

Ahhh life in Recipes. let the sanctimonious judging begin.

Chef_datoofairy, Jul 31, 9:09 am

just like the old days eh. holidays are sooooo good. lol

Chef_grannypam, Jul 31, 9:12 am

Many parents around the world with autistic children have found that the GAPS diet resolves the issues of fussiness. Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha Campbell McBride. She has a section in her book especially for the fussy eater on how to introduce new food. How to heal the gut that is causing the fussiness and behaviour.

Chef_vmax2, Jul 31, 9:46 am

Seems like some grinches in here, what kid wouldn't want their food served up like that?! Where does it say she only ever serves his food like that (ie the comment 'this is how he is trained up to eat food?').

Naturally all parents want to encourage their kids to eat their food, particularly healthy/nutritious food and try new things. What's wrong with being creative doing it? Don't we all like to do cute things like this with our children? I remember in the 70's my mum making pikelets in animal or letter shapes, I loved it. She put alphabet pasta in our vegie soup. I have myself in the past made faces or shapes etc with my kids fruit and veg (obviously not to the standard in the article lol). It's not about training them, it's about having fun and giving your child a little joy.

Maybe some people need to lighten up a bit, or maybe some are envious their parents didn't do the same. I don't understand any negative criticism towards the article.

Chef_hd07, Jul 31, 9:51 am


Chef_flick1, Jul 31, 6:00 pm

Thanks for that!

Chef_uli, Jul 31, 6:05 pm

Autistic children can/are frightened to an extreme point of change with many things, food included sometimes. Attempting to add a new food to their diet can be traumatic to a point that many people can not comprehend.

I don't believe the above article was referencing an autistic child, just a mum that is artistic and loves showcasing her ability to be so within her preferred medium.

Chef_sampa, Jul 31, 6:38 pm

What the heck. Mom! we are not in the US.

Chef_stompy, Jul 31, 7:23 pm

No - we are not stompy!

Chef_uli, Jul 31, 8:27 pm

Chef_uli, Aug 5, 11:29 am

Yes I ve read it but decided my most fussy child is not depressed or anxious. I have An anxious one but she's only fussy about textures and psychological things. ie is very easily psyched out of eating things. A thought or careless comment can put her off. Worries about best before dates a lot and what is that brown spot etc. She will eat hot curries no probs.

Chef_wendalls, Jan 22, 9:10 pm

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