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How To Get Your Toddler To Eat Vegetables

Updated on September 25, 2014

Get Your Children Eating Those VEgetables!

We all know that vegetables are good for us. People with diets rich in vegetables have a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Examine the cultures around the world with the greatest life expectancy and you will find a plant based diet. So how can you get your toddler to eat vegetables? It's easier than you might think.

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A Few Basic Tips To Start Getting Your Toddler To Eat Vegetables

It can be a challenge to get a toddler to even taste a vegetable, let alone consume one. If your child is resistant to veggies there are many things you can do to change that and get your toddler to eat and even enjoy vegetables. Here are a few simple tips:

TIP # 1: The first thing to do is expose your child to the taste, color, and texture of vegetables as young as possible. Introduce vegetables first. And I don't mean just the sweet vegetables. Take the extra time to puree your own spinach, kale, and broccoli. When your child eats the bitter foods first they develop a taste for them and will continue to enjoy and eat them. Give them vegetables every time you feed them and give very little if any fruit at this stage of the game.

So let's say you are past the introducing solid foods stage, you place vegetables on your toddlers' plate and they simply won't eat them. Its ok..time for you to take some control and at this stage of the game you still have complete control. Even if up to this point you have given up or given in, you can change and you can get your toddler to eat and even enjoy vegetables.

TIP # 2: LIVE BY EXAMPLE. You need to know your vegetables (see below) and you need to prepare them and eat them WITH EVERY MEAL and FOR EVERY SNACK. Let your child see you and the rest of the family eating and enjoying vegetables. Your child wants to please and wants to do what mommy and daddy do at this stage of the game, and chances are they will decide to give them a try at least. If you don't eat them and don't show that they are a very important part of a healthy diet, your child will not eat them either.

Still not getting anywhere? Time to really step up the ante.

TIP # 3: They don't get anything else unless the vegetables are eaten first. You heard me. some call it bribery. Serve the vegetables and nothing else yet show them what else you are making (could include dessert) and they can have if they eat their vegetables. You may have to endure some screaming and crying, but remember, you are in control here. Do not give in. Your child will not starve to death I promise. Eventually they will get hungry enough to eat the vegetables, especially if they want to eat something else. It will only take perhaps 3 days to a week to get them to understand that their screaming will not get them what they want and that they will have to eat their vegetables.

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Know Your Vegetables

So your child will know their vegetables too.

In order to provide your growing little one with the right nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they need, you as the parent must first be informed and educated with regards to vegetables. Not all vegetables are created equal and if you think French fries and iceberg lettuce counts the same as spinach or broccoli, think again.

Vegetables can be divided up into groups, here are 5 typical ones:

DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES

Dark green leafy vegetable are the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food calorie for calorie. They are rich in vitamins K, C, E and many of the B vitamins. They are a great source of fiber, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects. Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats.Here are some examples of dark green leafy vegetables. The top 5 healthiest have a star by them. Arugula, *Broccoli, Collard Greens, Dandelion Greens, *Kale, Mustard Greens, *Romaine Lettuce, *Spinach, *Swiss Chard.

ORANGE VEGETABLES

Orange vegetables are high in beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant which is not only good for eye health it can also delay cognitive aging and protect skin from sun damage. Orange vegetables are also chockfull of vitamins A and C which are crucial to immune system health. Here are some examples of orange vegetables:

Sweet Potatoes,Pumpkin, Carrots

STARCHY VEGETABLES

Like other vegetables, starchy vegetables are high in vitamins A and C as well as fiber and potassium. Starchy vegetables are a complex carbohydrate and provide the body with energy for the muscles and brain. Examples of starchy vegetables include: Corn, Green beans, Peas, White potatoes (though I don't recommended large quantities of white potatoes, as they have a high glycemic index and raise blood sugar levels)


BEANS AND LEGUMES

Beans and legumes are chock full of protein and dietary fiber and healthy good fat. In addition they are a slow burning complex carbohydrate and have been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce LDL or the bad cholesterol. They can also be stored for a long period of time. Examples of beans and legumes include:Kidney beans, chick peas, Adzuki beans, Anasazi beans, Black beans, black eyed peas, lentils, red kidney beans,lima beans, fava beans, and soy beans (though I don't recommend soy beans or processed soy products like tofu.)


OTHER VEGETABLES

Vegetables in this category include things such as tomatoes (which are really a fruit), onions, parsnips, peppers, eggplant, mushrooms (really a fungi), been sprouts, cabbage, okra, zucchini, beets, cauliflower, cucumbers etc. Some are more nutritious than others.

Tomatoes for example are rich in lycopene which acts as an antioxidant more powerful than beta carotene, beets contain phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, folic acid, iron, calcium, and potassium, as well as fiber, vitamins A and C, niacin, and biotin, cauliflower contains vitamin c and folate and eggplant is high in fiber and phytonutrients.


Try Hiding The Vegetables

In addition to giving vegetables first at every meal and for every snack, puree vegetables and mix the pureed vegetables into foods your children already like. REMEMBER, THIS IS DONE IN ADDITION TO GIVING VEGETABLES WITH EVERY MEAL AND FOR EVERY SNACK. There are a couple of cook books out there that have recipes for doing this (see below. I wish I had written one as I just naturally started to do this before I heard of the cook books!).

Some simple examples we use are:

  • Pureed cauliflower in mashed potatoes
  • Pureed or thinly sliced spinach, broccoli and asparagus and
  • zucchini in pasta sauce
  • Pureed spinach in muffins, yogurt, breads
  • Pureed pumpkin in oatmeal
  • Puree broccoli or spinach and freeze it in small ice cube trays
  • (creates fun colored ice cubes to eat)
  • Thinly sliced zucchini, carrots, onions and broccoli can be
  • hidden well in ground beef or turkey.
  • Soups that are pureed like split pea or lentil are great for
  • hiding vegies of all sorts
  • Smoothies are a perfect way to add a little green veggies

Excellent Cookbooks To Help You Get Your Toddler To Eat Vegetables - And to help you hide the veggies

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals
The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals

Recipes and ideas for delicious foods where you hide simple healthful ingredients.

 
Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Natural Food
Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Natural Food

Expect to find ideas in here that are outside the box of typical American kid cusine, not just for vegetables but for all meals.

 
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food

Traditional recipes stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them.

 

REMEMBER:

GIVE VEGETABLES WITH EVERY MEAL AND FOR EVERY SNACK

Some Snack Ideas

Yes it takes longer for you to slice and prepare vegetables to have as snacks than it does to open a bag of chips, but it’s worth the extra effort. Here are some vegetable snacks we have some combination of every day, start eating them yourself for snacks and bring them everywhere you go:

Sliced carrots and celery

Sliced cucumbers

Sliced jicama

Beets roasted in olive oil (this one is messy)

Sliced red and yellow peppers

Cherry tomatoes

Avocado slices

Olives

Peas (my son prefers them frozen and he also enjoys the frozen peas mixed with pureed spinach as a snack)

Make Eating Vegetables Fun And Get Your Toddler Involved

**Let them pick the veggies at the grocery store, pushing the small grocery cart instead of riding in a larger one. Engage in a dialogue as to why they chose the vegetables they did, what they like about them, the various colors and sizes etc.

** Better yet, grow your own veggies and let them help - planting the seeds, watering and finally picking and pulling. Then let them wash and help you prepare them. This involvement is especially fun for them and also teaches them where food comes from.

** Be creative with presentation - make a face with cabbage hair, cucumber eyes, a cherry tomato nose and carrots for lips. Then have fun eating one part at a time. Make a broccoli forest standing upright in rice, or a celery boat carrying peanut butter. Broccoli isn't just a vegetable, its fairy food!

** find veggies that are unusual in color and talk them up. For example, I just found purple and orange cauliflower at my local Whole Foods. Its exciting to eat something purple! Orange and yellow peppers are a fun change from the usual red ones and white asparagus seems pretty interesting too.

** introduce lots of fun dipping sauces. Ranch dressing or Italian dressing, yogurt mixes, catsup, cheese sauce, whatever you can come up with and make it super fun to dip and try them all.

Growing Vegetable Soup
Growing Vegetable Soup

PreSchool-Grade 1. Intensely colored graphics capture the complete growing process from seed to cooking pot. It's a fresh presentation of the gardening cycle with a joyful conclusion, and the added attraction of an easy and tasty recipe for vegetable soup on the flyleaf. A book to help nourish healthy readers.

 
Melissa & Doug Playtime Produce Vegetables Play Food Set With Crate (7 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Playtime Produce Vegetables Play Food Set With Crate (7 pcs)

Tempting your children to try some delicious vegetables will be much easier once they have played with these realistically sized "fresh from the farm" veggies. There are 7 pieces packed in this crate of harvested seasonal favorites. This durable, molded-plastic food is ideal for kitchen and grocery play.

 
Voila Crate of Vegetables
Voila Crate of Vegetables

Just the right size for little hands. Includes lots of vegetables for lots of fun. Try the crate of fruit play food too!

 

BE PREPARED

Always have vegetables on hand for your toddler or child

Go to the grocery store with your little one and have fun letting them pick out the veggies and load the cart. Once you get home spend an entire afternoon preparing everything so its easy to get to and use for the entire week.

Peel and slice carrots, jicama, cucumbers, red and yellow peppers and beets.

Wash and puree any vegetables you may need - spinach, kale, cauliflower

Thinly slice veggies for sauces such as zuccini, carrots, squash

wash the cherry tomatoes and remove the tops.

keep the avocados and sweet potatoes in an easy to locate spot on the counter top

Place everything to be refrigerated in glass storage containers or zip lock bags. Freeze extra pureed items for later use.

If you know you are going to travel, plan ahead! My entire carry on bag consists of fresh veggies and other healthy snacks I know we wont find at the airport. (if you can't get fresh try the dried kind). When we are invited to a friends for a play date or a birthday party, I ask what is being served and always bring zip lock bags with veggies for my son to munch on in addition to or instead of what they will be having. Even here we uphold the rule veggies at every meal and veggies first. Going to a restaurant? Do your research. Know what kinds of food they serve and come prepared. A few carrot sticks or tomatoes never offended anyone. Friends are going out to fast food? Really, do what's best and skip this one entirely.

REMEMBER:

GIVE VEGETABLES FIRST

Teach The ABC's, Teach The Veggies

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z    Lap-Sized Board Book
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z Lap-Sized Board Book

Eating the alphabet will have your toddler happily pointing to the rhubarb and radicchio in the produce section and asking for more.

 

MY RANT

Hope no one is too offended, I have toned it down actually.

One thing I never expected as a parent would be the CONSTANT PRESSURE to harm my child by feeding him unhealthy food. Complete strangers, acquaintances, friends, even close family members all putting on the pressure.

First there's the total stranger offering up the lollipop or a piece of hard candy at the bank or the hair cut shop. For your dining pleasure, there's the childrens menu filled with the artery busting deep fried extravaganza, not a vegetable in sight. (what is up with that??) Let's not even talk about commericals and advertisments in magazines, the internet and everywhere else, fast food in your face - NO THANK YOU!

When a friend asks what I'm feeding my 3 year old for dinner and I say we are having vegetables, she scrunches up her face and says ‘oh poor thing’ or when I say we are not doing anything for Halloween to another friend and she says ‘My GOD, how can you possibly deny him Halloween?!’ Or how about his third birthday last March? We have to have a cake, my babysitter insists (as does my husband,) what would other people think it we didn’t have a cake at his birthday party? Since he has never had a cake before it wouldn't kill him to have one made of fruit or from dates I say. Oh, but other people might think that's strange you say. SO WHAT I say, so what!? You know what healthy foods are so STOP trying to give my child unhealthy things he does not need.

My 3 year old, up to this point, has had a diet free of hydrogenated fat, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, red meat, cow dairy, gluten and soy protein. My son eats organic vegetables and fruit, whole grains that are gluten free, organic chicken and turkey, salmon and other fish, and goat dairy products. I use extra virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil for cooking. Almost nothing I feed him is packaged and processed. It's not perfect, on four occasions that I know of, day care providers have messed up and given him something I would not allow.

My 3 year old very rarely throws a temper tantrum. He sleeps well every single night and goes to bed without a fuss. He is very, very rarely sick. He had only one small cold last year and that was it. (And I didn't have any, yay!) He has never had an ear infection. He is active and happy.

I attribute most of this to his diet. His diet that I have worked so incredibly hard to preserve the integrity of at all times no matter where he is or what he is doing. I truly believe diet is the root of most disease and illness and that's why I run a tight ship. Is it hard to eat the way we do? You bet it is. Is it worth it? You bet it is. And to be honest, it's getting harder, as he gets older and more exposed to things other children are eating. But I will keep at it as best as I can for as long as I can.

As an adult how many people do you know say things 'I wish I ate better as a kid,' Or 'gee, I just can’t stop this addiction to soda.' Or 'why is it so hard to lose weight?' Or 'my father died from triple bypass surgery and heart disease?' Wouldn't it have been nice if your family showed you how to eat well right from the start? We never ate fast food or drank soda when I was growing up and I thank my mother every day for it.

So please, I know you think you are being kind when you offer that lollipop or sugggest some trans fat, refined white flour, sugar filled cookies, but I just see it as pressure, pressure to do something I believe harms the health of my child. And please don’t feel sorry for my son because he isn’t getting to eat these things, I rejoice in his excellent health every single day.

Some Green Smoothie Recipes

Combining fruit and veggies for a fun and vibrant drink

KALE AND PEAR

Ingredients

1x cup of green grapes

1x large orange (optional)

1x pear

1x large banana

1x cup of kale, no stems

1x cup of water

1x 4 ice cubes

blend all ingredients on a low speed for a minute if you have a variable speed blender and then blend on high speed. Serve in a glass with a slice of lemon and a leaf of mint.

GREEN DREAM

Ingredients

2x bananas

2x oranges peeled and quatered

1x cup of spinach

1x 4 cups of cold water

put all the ingredients in a blender and serve with a piece of orange.

MANGO SURPRISE

Ingredients

1x apple

1x champagne mango

1x cup pineapple chunks

1x half a cup of water

1x 3 ice cubes

Combine all the above with a blender add the ice cubes lastly.

APPLE SURPRISE

Ingredients

1x fuji apple or any you have available

1x pear

1x cup of spinach

1x banana

1x cup of walnut or almond milk

Empty all the ingredients into your blender and serve

COOL CUCUMBER

Ingredients

1x half a large cucumber

1x banana

1x apple

1x cup of kale

1x cup of some fresh orange juice

Combine the above in your blender add ice to add a bit of chill if needed

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Comments On Getting Your Toddler To Eat Vegetables - I would love to hear from you

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      There is not really need to hide. They usually eat if you don't prepare it always in the same annoying overcooked (tasteless) or microwaved way. I used to only eat lettuce for vegetables as a child, and after I discovered steaming and many yummy herbs, and also non overcooked recipes, I turned into a vegetable gobbler.

      It can also have to do with the child parent relationship. Very often parents behave like army generals or angry bosses and expect the child to do what they want, and the child just does the opposite. They know what the parents want, though. If someone just cares about getting to know their child and listen and develop a real parenting relationship (which doesn't mean to let them do as they please) and explaining the why of things in a calm way (usually works wonders) then children really, really change!

      It can also have to do with school problems and other things that make the child stressed. Anyway, children and veggies can be great friends, and it's nice when they are. I'd have had a much better health (took me years to get rid of the fatigue, breathing problems, and constant flu, which went away with eating heaps of veggies and starting to live a really happy, low stress life). Viva the veggies!

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      Very useful information! I haven't any toddlers anymore, but this has lots of good info for anyone who feeds kids!

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      Clivetalks LM 5 years ago

      You are a true hero for creating this lens and for resisting the march of the lemmings. We constantly struggle to get my son to eat veggies but after reading this lens we tried a bit harder tonight and got him to eat cauliflower and he said he loved it (it did have cheese sauce on it - but the time prior he refused even this). I have many of the same issues you do but I put high GI foods like white bread pizza and pasta in the cross hairs too. It's good that you are actually a teacher because I take issue with his school celebrating birthdays and any other day (yes 100th day of term) with high GI foods to the extent that every week there is a food driven celebration. Lettuce leaf anyone?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would have to say, the example should be set by the Parents ot the Adults. Kid usually go by what they See and Hear!!

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      this is a great lens about the veggies for toddler...very useful lens..thanks for sharing..

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      SunnyDaze LM 5 years ago

      Great job. Getting young children to eat vegetables is a task. Thanks for shairing. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A joy to read your website! How true you are to adamantly refuse, and refute, those who try to allow their mind-numbed death and disease advertising to overcome common sense healthy dieting! My dear wife of 17 years, whom I married after my children's mother decided she was married to the wrong man after 25 years, never once taught her children to eat raw green leafy, as her adoptive mother, a Registered Nurse, never taught her to eat anything she did not like.

      Now, I am literally watching my wife kill herself, as she refuses to eat even a spoonful of raw leafy green, hates the taste of nearly all other vegetables, raw or cooked, and lives for sweets, processed meats, and fast foods. She had a heart failure in january, and was found too weakened to have heart surgery to repair her Aortic Valve, which is hardened from too much calcium-loaded ant-acid pills, loads of soft drinks, and high cholesterol, which altogether has reacted with her root canals' dumping loads of toxins 100 times the toxicity of raw sewage directly into her blood!

      Now, I'm on a steep learning curve to find and use the most effective blood decalcifiers, vessel-wall de-cholesterol nutrients - L-Arginine is the main one - reduce her blood-clotting factor without using most-often prescribed rat poison - Warfarin - and build up levels of nutrients her digestive system lost the ability to separate from the food she will eat.

      But, fighting her determined resistance to eating a healthy diet is the most frustrating!

      My mother taught all six of us kids to eat dark green raw leafy, and I'll remain ever grateful to her. She was an avid gardener till she passed on at 93. My wife is barely 68. Ask your kids; "Hey kids - what age is ancient? When they say "30!," ask them to go ask their grand parents the same question. They just may gain a whole new perspective on life, and living.

      Then, ask them, "when you get to the age your grandparent says is "old," do you want to be dying from lots of disease from eating a bad diet, or just as strong and healthy as possible from a life of wise diet choices?"

      Feeding Big Brother, and his deep-pocket Banker cousins, who all want to feed high-priced death diets found in disease factory outlets, that pose as food stores these days, or fund death-watch anti-health care agencies that pose as hospitals, and their deadly toxic soup makers, aka, Pharmaceutical Company, is the "in-thing" for those numbed-brain couch potatoes whose sole understanding of living comes from death-ray tubes, aka Television. But, they all are a dying breed, and there s no known reason to follow after them - so, hold your head up high, MOM, and deny all those "friends" the satisfaction of killing off your kids!

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      cocomoonbeams 5 years ago

      I agree with you on the pressure from other people to feed unhealthy foods to kids. My in-laws are constantly giving my kids cookies and chips; and when I say no to my 16 month old having some soda, they ask "what's wrong with a little soda?"! This coming from two diabetics!!!

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      UltraQuirkyTot 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I find the more vegetables I eat, the more likely they are to follow suit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have never forced because my daughter is much like her daddy and his parents forced and he eats NO vegetables. I was never forced and I eat every vegetable there is (assuming it's not fried or overcooked and smothered in butter. ewww.). Love them. Most fruits, just not avocado or cheap olives. She loves to drink tomato juice, loves broccoli, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, squash, etc. However, I can't get her to eat leafy green vegetables. She will TRY it, and says she'll really like it when she's older, but that's it. I have never wanted to hide vegetables or bribery because then she'll think one food is work and some treat is reward and create the issues that make it hard for most people to sustain eating healthfully. She eats most anything if she can help cook it but not these.. I don't know whether to keep exposing (she's only 3) or if she won't eat it if she doesn't develop the taste soon. She didn't like eggs until a few months ago and loves them now so I know things come. Things that worked for other foods are - making funny face, talking about what the foods help us do, letting her help cook and prepare, and talking about what animals eat the food and pretending to be them.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Great stuff.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      please give some cauliflower seeds for free

      please ....

      I am in Indonesia

      I let you know via email

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      BlackBoxCosmetics 5 years ago

      Such an important topic! I agree with the pressures to conform with society's bad eating habits.....it's constant! I am not depriving my children by not letting them eat junk food all day, I am providing them with a healthy future.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: yeah, the author here has one kid and it's easy to limit the oldest or only child is exposed to. check out dr. sears. he is a pediatrician who had his own 8 kids, so I'm more inclined to take his advice. mostly he says to look at their diet over the course of a week, and balance it out that way; remember they have tiny tummies (the size of their fist) and remember that toddlers are busy all over the place and only eat a bite here and there. I have two kids and the older one only discovered there was such a thing as halloween last year. of course that means that the younger one has been exposed to it for two years now.... so no duh that she prefers candy! same with christmas, easter, and birthdays! patience and relax! cheers!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the tips. I am a desperate mother , having a big headache over my 3 year old who is a fussy eater and refuses any kind of vegetables. He uses to enjoy just broccoli, but now he rejects all kinds of veggies. I am not sure where did i go wrong in managing his meals. The only saving grace is at least he loves fruits. I will start to try out and apply the tips. With the nutrients he gets from his meals without veggies,it makes me really worried about his health.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the tips. I am a desperate mother , having a big headache over my 3 year old who is a fussy eater and refuses any kind of vegetables. He uses to enjoy just broccoli, but now he rejects all kinds of veggies. I am not sure where did i go wrong in managing his meals. The only saving grace is at least he loves fruits. I will start to try out and apply the tips. With the nutrients he gets from his meals without veggies,it makes me really worried about his health.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi thanks for the article - I was hoping to read something new! BUT alas - its the same old thing! I have 1 fussy eater and i have tried everything (i shouldn't complain too much as she will eat broccoli, peas, corn, sometimes cauliflower) she eats very little vegies - and hasn't since she was 9 month old - and no fruit whatsoever $6 so there's no bribery there! i give vegetable first before main meal but she will not even attempt to try new vegetables and has no snacks because of this. But how long should you sit there whilst they refuse to eat their vegetables first? and new ones at that?? tll 10pm? till midnight?? and you think they wont go hungry? of course not cause tomorrow morning she'll just get breakfast! don't get me wrong she doesnt' get processed snacks instead except on Saturdays but your solutions are unrealistic - and what should i make eating an issue for her? Oh and she can give up her favourite food - chocolate - just so she wont have to eat fruit and vegetables. with other kids at home and a need to eat and get to bed etc ... there's only so long a stand off can go for!! and she sees me eat fruit and vegetables and her siblings and we use dip etc ... and there's no response - so unless you have a fussy eater at home - don't write like its such a simple solution - it is frustrating and heart breaking and crushing with no solutions except to hope she'll pass through this phase!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      great lens... we do not have kids at home but if we did, we would certainly keep a close watch on what they eat... :)

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      davidcompass 6 years ago

      This is a pretty good lens.I shall definitely try getting the young ones exposed to fruits and vegetables even if they start by saying NO.

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      davidkiser 6 years ago

      Very cool lens. Informative and fun. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up given.

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      delawson734 6 years ago

      Our toddler loves to eat broccoli - I think partially because we call them little trees.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good on you, it is so nice to read such passion in how you nourish your child every day. I try so hard to feed my children well, but the pressure from my husband (who would rather not eat vegetables more than once a day) and his god awful family (who serve deep fried or barbecued food at every meal, plus one vegetable - I know they roll their eyes when I ask for maybe just some extra frozen vegetables for myself and the kids) and colleagues who say "oh just make it easy on yourself and serve them pasta and cheese for dinner, it won't hurt!". For the first 2 years of my daughter's life she ate so well because I worked HARD to feed her well, and she barely ever got sick, I totally agree with you that diet is extremely important in daily health not just preventing illness in later life. Thanks for the great read and the recipes and tips and tricks, I'll definitely try them out!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great info we all need to eat veggies not just kids.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice and the wonderful smoothie recipes. My 20 mo. old ate every veggie I gave her when she was a baby but she had a hard time switching to solid foods and although she eats them now she refuses to even try most foods, veggies included. She does drink smoothies, though, so I'm so excited to try them. And, we'll be presenting the veggies we eat on her tray from now on!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Tips! Lensrolling to Green Veggies! :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is good to teach our children to eat right from the beginning. Nice lens. 5*

      Thanks for adding it to RocketMoms Healthy Living Group for Session 3 and Beyond

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      my daughter loves veggies, and i'm sure it's because we're natural foods vegetarians and we started her from birth. it's funny to see people astounded at what our 3 year old eats out in public (she asks for salad, broccoli, green beans, asparagus...).

      we love the lilly pads and yam yums (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hlkljgk/3385649967/in... from this cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/Sesame-Street-Silly-Snacks-I... .

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      These are great tips! I am daily thankful that my daughter-in-law has done such a super job with this - both children easily eat veggies and fruits and lots of them. And they have never even tasted Coca-Cola -- one in second grade and one in kindergarten! An amazing accomplishment, I think. They are allowed treats and trips to Chick-FilA on occasion, but overall, they eat a really healthy diet.

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      BunnyFabulous 8 years ago from Central Florida

      We're glad to be teaching our 18-month old daughter to love veggies, but I am always looking for new ideas on how serve them or new vegetables to try. She already loves spinach, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, peas, olives, and black beans. I'll be trying out at least a couple of the smoothie recipes for her and for my husband and I too, we need to eat more veggies.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences, food info, and recipes. I really appreciate your linking to my lens; I'll be doing the same with yours.

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      It must be extraordinarily hard to feed a child well with all of the McDonald's, candy, and potato chips there are out there. You offer some great tips here, I'll pass them on to my sister.