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Babies eating vegetables?

I’ve got a friend whose toddler will eat any kind of veggie … cold broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, you name it … but my son pretty much decided he hated all vegetables right around his second birthday. We did everything you’re supposed to, like offering veggies over and over and trying different ways to cook them and flavor them, but nothing really worked. He would even go so far as to pick through all of his food to remove green flecks that MIGHT be vegetables. I don’t really understand this, as we eat vegetables with every meal. How is anybody else getting their toddlers to eat veggies?

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  1. I have a very hard time getting my boys to eat their vegetables as well. My oldest loves corn, and raw carrots, he will not eat them cooked. He told me he eats green beans at school but when I make them for him at home he does not like them. That is something I like about his school, once a week they introduce a new fruit or vegetable for them to try. They just have to try it. If they dont like it its okay. But then again, when I do this at home it just does not work. Everytime I make spaguetti my son doesnt take a bite until he makes sure there are no peppers or onions. My youngest does not like them at all. Ive tried different tips with no luck. So what works for me is I buy them these juices called “Fruitables” each little box has one serving of fruit and one of vegetables. I figured if I cannot get them to eat them at least they drink them without knowing.

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  2. Ha! I thought about pureeing all the veggies and adding them to everything, but then our nutritionist here says if I just stick with it, my youngest son will start eating more vegetables. Then again, she’s never seen him carefully pick through a burrito to carefully remove all the onions and black beans.

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  3. I don’t believe that the theory of passively offering it consistently will yield positive results. Hopefully in the long run our children will develop a healthy diet this way, but for the present, SMOOTHIES!!!! No matter what kind I make, filled with kale, they taste great and my daughter loves them.

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  4. I’m sure it’s beyond frustrating trying to figure out why one day vegetables became the enemy. My son is only 10 months old, but I’ve already purchased cookbooks to help when that day comes for us. There’s a book called “Deceptively Delicious” and it offers really great recipes that have a bunch of veggies in them. True, you will have to puree them first, but if you’re super worried about his nutritional intake, it’s worth the extra effort. I will say that I’ve noticed when children help out in the kitchen, they tend to get more excited about eating certain foods. My nephew is 3 1/2 yrs. and has really become a picky eater. However, if he gets to be a part of making something, he always gobbles it right up!

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    1. Great point, Bridget! My three year old helps me cook almost every night… And not only do I get to spend quality time with her that way, but her diet has really varied as a result!

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  5. I guess if all else fails, you could always try this dad’s method 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHQUKCz—g

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  6. We’ve got two kids now, age 1 and 2.5, a girl and a boy, and both are excellent eaters. Friends that struggle to get their kids to eat veggies and whatnot think we’ve just been really lucky and that our kids are “freak eaters” (they’ve eaten seafood, curry dishes, spicy, you name it -my son’s favorite snack is frozen peas and applesauce) but the truth is it takes lots of work and persistence just about Every.Single.Meal. Sometimes it’s a battle with the toddler, but we just keep consistent about it. My main rule is that he can have whatever he wants to eat – *after* he finishes the meal we’ve prepared for him. I honestly think that is the most important thing.

    My wife and I really like to cook and do so just about every night. The kids eat what we eat. Since I’m a stay-at-home-dad, they eat with me every meal.

    I’ve noticed friends or relatives go through that stage where the toddler wont even try the food they are served (and like yours, Jon, they will pick around to avoid it). I’m surprised how quick the parents will then cave and offer something else. You gotta be consistent with the “this is what you get” rule or it won’t work.

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    1. I feel the same way, you can’t cave!

      My friend will literally let her 2 year old daughter do whatever she wants during meal time. I’ve literally watched her eat nothing but a few licks of ketchup during dinner and her parents don’t care. It shows, she’s so malnourished and way too small for her age. It’s hard to watch as a parent especially when my 13 month old eats better than most school aged kids.

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  7. Our daughter is awesome at eating vegetables since we baby led weaned and offered her mostly vegetables around 6-7 months. She’s gotten a little pickier though. I make sure she gets her fair share of vegetables before moving on to the other foods on her plate.

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    1. That’s a great strategy to offer veggies first, when she is hungriest. Hopefully she will continue her love of healthy foods throughout childhood!

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    2. Great idea!

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