I just can't get my son to eat any fruit or veg!

Charlotte - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son of nearly 2 years refuses to eat any fruit or veg apart from apple puree and tomato sauce for pasta! Any suggetions to get him to eat a more balanced diet?

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Have you ever heard of the recipe book "Deceptively Delicious"? It's awesome for sneaking in veggies into kids that don't want them. Like pureed pumpkin in macaroni cheese! website www.deceptivelydelicious.com good luck!

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just keep trying but in the mean time you can give him v8 splash thats what i have to do with my son because he is a very picky eater also

Ashleigh - posted on 02/12/2010

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My son doesn't have too much of a problem with veggies, but a good trick is to hide them. For example, sometimes I make english muffin pizzas- I puree a zuchini, put some on the english muffin, then some sauce, then the toppings! He loves it and doesn't have a clue! I found also my son loooooves all veggies roasted, maybe try that! For fruit, try making some smoothies, my son also loves those! ( Just use some milk, and frozen fruit - no added sugar needed!!)

Joanne - posted on 02/11/2010

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My little one doesn't eat much at all at the moment,but he does eat pasta with tomato sauce.Try hiding some veggies in the tomato sauce.I boil up a few veggies whatever you like and then add to plain tomato sauce and whizz it all up together with a blender....add to pasta and he'll never know( if he doesn't see them!).It works for us...hope it helps.

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Olof - posted on 02/23/2010

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I get my son to drink the V8 fusion drinks and he loves them. It has lots of veggies and fruit in them. It´s better than nothing.

Catherine - posted on 02/23/2010

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You could always puree veggies and put it in the pasta sauce, since he likes sauce. Just start changing the taste slowly. I have the book written by Jessica Seinfield (wife of Jerry) which has good ideas on how to hide purees. You can also try canned fruit like tangerines or frozen blueberries or really ripe bananas or really hard ones just to see what textures he likes. If he likes yogurt you can add fruits or veggies inside. My friend had to give her daughter a fruit/veg drink. Talk to your doctor too, s/he may suggest a multi-vitamin or drops to make sure he is getting the necessary nutrients. Good Luck. (Oh, you could also make sure he eats a whole wheat or grain pasta or brown rice to help. Tofu is also an option.)

Charlotte - posted on 02/23/2010

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Thanks to all of you for your advice! It has been a great inspiration for me and my little monkey is eating decent sized portions of fruit and veg once more! Thanks again everyone! :)

Jacqui - posted on 02/22/2010

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It sounds like you have my son there!!! My 22 month old refuses to try anything remotely veg or fruit like. He wont even try them, i dont know how he knows its a fruit or veg. I can't get him to eat pees, carrots or hardly any veg or fruit. Everything ends up getting thrown to the floor.



The only things i can get him to eat are grapes and slices of apple. Funnily enough grapes are his absolutely favourite food. I have to stop him eating too many incase he gets an upset stomach. If he knows we have any grapes in the kitchen he stands and wines till he gets them...he would choose them over chocolate any day!!



My little one loves making smoothies but he refuses to drink them at the end.



If you get any advice which works PLEASE let me know.

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2010

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In response to the meat problem, my son is in love with tiny peperoni, he will hardly eat nuggets unless they are in honey. He also likes hotdogs and corn dogs.

Jeannie - posted on 02/22/2010

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These are great suggestions! My daughter has a problem with eating any meat as well as veggies. So, I pick my battles with her, if I notice she didn't eat any meat at all- I spike her milk with protein powder. I know that its just a phase, she will eat chicken nuggets, but I'M not eating those every night! haha


I thought I would mention this just in case he might be reluctant to meat also.

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2010

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Mix the vegtebles with rice other food make chiken with sause and put veg so the flavor can be better mayb he won't notice the frui make home made juice smothie

Rachel - posted on 02/22/2010

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Try frozen veggies- i know i was not sure when i first heard this from my cousin, but my son eats them like candy, we buy fron peas or corn or the veggie mix. Also works with frozen blueberries and rasberries. You do not cook them; just take out of the freezer and put on a plate - the grate thing is too if they don't like it that day you didn't go through tons of prep work.

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son is pickey with everything, sometimes he will eat one grape, but thats it. My husband has been making smoothies for breakfast and I have been giving my son the leftover. He loves it and I use some super wide straws like for bubble tea.
He is so picky he wont even eat pasta.

Danielle - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son is the exact same way, only he'll eat most fruits, no veggies and no meats....He seems to mostly only want carbs....I'm at a loss as well

Katrina - posted on 02/21/2010

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My problem is, my son, who is 22 months old, hardly eats solid food. He isn't much of a milk drinker either. he can only consume 4-5 8oz bottles a day. I just don't know what to do with him.

Tina - posted on 02/21/2010

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I have the opposite problem with my son Austin!! He ONLY wants to eat fruit and vegetables...oh and cookies or num-nums (M & M's)! LOL

Sunny - posted on 02/21/2010

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make an omelet with cut up pieces (small) of veg. or let your child try to dip the veg in dressings or condiments. my daughter loves 'sprinkle cheese' (parmesan romano) i just try to get the kind without preservatives. try making smoothies with fruit. check out annabel karmel's books.

Rachel - posted on 02/19/2010

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I use Juice Plus supplements... They have an organic fruit and vegetable garden and dehydrate them... the fruit for a fruit supplement and the vegetable for a vegetable supplement... I open the capsules and put the powder in Olivia's milk or juice. That way I know she is getting her veggies and fruits... The Juice Plus is concentrated and live active nutrients and extremely healthy... They sell proteing powder too and a whole foods nutrition doctor introduced me to it and gave me a formula for baby formula when she was a baby I still make homemade for her weekly and drop the fruit and veggie capsules (opened up) to supplement her diet... She is one of the healthiest babies because of my meeting this one doctor and taking his advice... Find a Juice Plus consultant and get some!!!!!

Kerri - posted on 02/19/2010

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At every meal, I would be sure to serve at least a few vegetable and fruit options, put some on his plate, and let him do what he will with it. When our daughter first started eating solids, I was worried that she wouldn't eat a balanced diet. Now, at 22 months, she's eating beets, lima beans, peas, sweet potatoes, chard, peppers, avocados, squash, and more. We eat those foods, too, and we don't offer her things that we wouldn't want her to eat. She eats what eat although sometimes without the spicy condiments or seasonings we use. Keep offering the fruits and vegetables! I hope it works out.

Nikie - posted on 02/19/2010

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brace yourself, this is a rather lengthy bit of advice, thats come from raising a few kids on healthy eating as a way of life and we are not even fanatical about it, we just speak about simple things(like good sugar vs. bad sugar) and keep it simple and fun! my best magic trick has been smoothies; throw in the blender anything from bananas, frozen or fresh berries, grapes, etc... whatever, you can think of and dont let your imagination stop at fruit i put spinach, celery, cucumbers, beets, even baby carrots right in with the fruit(try maybe just a little bit of one of these at a time) maybe a little yogurt and a little juice or milk or juice or even just water to thin it out, try different consistencies if you think he'll like it a little on the thinner(more watery)side try that first, then maybe once he's used to that you can thicken it up a bit and so on. my kids favorite is berries,bananas,spinach,with pineapple or orange juice and a little yogurt or almond milk and a little ground flax seed, sounds strange for a kid's favorite but its really great tasting(since these are two very strong tasting juices they hide pretty much any spinach or whatever else you put in it, also cranberry or grape juices also work great) the more thin you want it the less fruit/veggie you put in the blender and add a little water/juice at a time until you get it just right(blend for as long as you need to to make it smooth) this might sound complicated but it is really simple and quick and not too messy to clean up, just washing a blender and throwing away banana peels etc... u can even let him throw in some of the fruit and this might just be enticing enough to get him to try something new(my kids love eating what THEY MADE)you can even try putting it in their favorite/special or NEW cup(maybe even a grown-up glass, although he may be a little young to understand this yet) or even a sippee cup with a straw (kids love straws,this can help it to go right down too). also since kids love to mimic their parents if you try it and tell them how YUMMY it is first (make a big deal about how good it feels with exaggerated noises, that might help too; he'll want to know what all the fuss is about), that goes right into my other suggestion i read a few times that studies show it takes at least 10-12 tries for a child to really develop a taste for something or to decide if they really just dont like something, so keep trying:) different recipes with the same foods or try mixing together what they do like with something new, like apple puree with just a little spoonful of mashed sweet potato and gradually increase the amount each time or every other time you give it to him until he acquires a taste for it. it can been a very trying thing, but keep in mind that you are teaching him to eat healthy for the rest of his life now, so its worth lots of trial and error, try to keep it fun and adventurous for him, be creative, think like a kid, i told my kids they were the giants eating the tiny little trees to get them to try broccoli for the first time(cauliflower can be snow covered trees...) that worked like a charm and now they teach it to the younger kids (i have 4 and one on the way) and they all like a large variety of veggies from beets to cabbage to corn to green beans to spinach to sweet potatoes and love most every fruit from apples to kiwis to mangoes to plums etc...also dont forget about dried fruit (cut into small pieces for those tiny teeth) and my last suggestion is to try juicing veggies/fruits this can be really fun for you and him to do together, not to mention what a good investment it is in your health and can be really great for cleansing your body and losing weight(if you need to)great for energy and simply all around good health:) just be patient and don't force-finesse. have as much fun with trying new things as you can and remember you are doing whats best for him short term and long term:) I truly pray that this helps:) obviously teaching kids to eat healthy is one of my passions, so i think anyone with the right attitude can do it, even with the pickiest eater( i have one of those who doesnt want to try anything new; has her mind made up before you can even offer it) but i just kept trying the same food diff ways, and now i know she only likes raw spinach or slightly cooked in a soup or only corn on the cob, not cut off (i guess its more fun to eat that way) so you'll see, just pay attention to his cues and watch for even the slightest interest and dont give up! GOD BLESS:)

Rose - posted on 02/18/2010

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My almost 2 year old is the same way. She will not touch a green vegetable. But because she is slightly low in iron now, we have to try to make her eat more veggies. My trick is to buy baby food and mix it in with her favorite foods. I put carrots baby food in her scrambled eggs. Even green bean baby food. I pureed green beans too and put them in with the cheese before I made a toasted cheese sandwich for her. She didn't even notice. I even put green bean baby food in her green jello. Sounds gross, but she ate it. lol

Erin - posted on 02/18/2010

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Have you tried v-8. They now have a line that is 100% juice that comes in a variety of flavors. I know it's not a perfect solution, but at least he would be getting a serving of fruits and veggies with it. My kids love fruit, but the veggies are another story. I think we just have to keep giving it to them and eventually they will start eating more good foods.

Jill - posted on 02/17/2010

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Try Plum Tots Organics Mish Mash or Revolution Foods Mash Ups. It's pureed fruits and veggies in a fun "squeezy" pouch with a screw-on lid. My 22 month old daughter loves the idea of holding her own container & puts the lid back on when she's done with it. I find them at Babies R Us and online @ drugstore.com and sometimes amazon.com.
Good luck!!

Tracey - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi there

Have you tryed the Bubble and squeak patties from the frozen section at Coles... They are great and my daughter loves them. FULL of vegs. Maybe try cheese veges... Make up a cheese sauce and mix with some mashed or pureed veges... thats a good one also.

Tracy - posted on 02/17/2010

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I have a bit of a picky veggie eater too. I've had pretty good luck with mashed sweet potatoes and homemade tomato soup. I found these recipes in the book Superfoods for Children. I also thought of trying to find some toddler friendly toothpicks and let her go to town poking her food. There's nothing like letting them have some fun while eating!

Evelyn - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hide fruit/veg in all your foods, so if you make muffins, add zuchini, if you make pasta sauce add in grated carrots/peppers/onions/etc. There are recipe books about how to do it right, I think that Jerry Seinfeld's wife wrote one. Good luck!

Charlotte - posted on 02/10/2010

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Thanks for the suggestions! He refuses even to try peas! Like with a lot of things! And strangely apart from the apple puree he won't eat anything mashed! He's really difficult! Most of his food ends up on the floor!

Candice - posted on 02/10/2010

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hmmm have you tried peas? my daghter loved them as soon as she tried them lol or mashed sweet potato mixed with carrot is also good

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