"I'm not that hungry"
"Will you PLEASE eat?" This sentence I utter several times each day to my 9-year old. She often responds, "I'm not hungry." I find this virtually impossible. She has a full schedule with sports practices 2hrs a day, 4 days a week. She is an active, playful child, always running, scootering, or rollerblading around the neithborhood with her free time. She picks at her meals, taking mere bites of food. She is adventurous enough, loves to try new things, eats healthy servings of fresh fruit and veggies. She likes proteins like cheese, salami and nuts, and she doesn't have a sweet tooth like her older sister (who can eat a dozen cookies in a sitting if the opportunity arose). I fear she is not eating enough!
Could it be a situation like "Picky Eater! Food Rut!" wherein I need to come up with new snazzy food options?
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Ideas to encourage more volume for my active child?