How do you get a child to eat any veges??

Sarndra - posted on 12/23/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son is 21 months and just wont eat any veges with his tea. I have always encouraged him to do so but suddenly he just isn't intersted I have tried different veges and even grated cheese on top which the little blighter will pick the cheese off and leave the veges. I feel like cooking tea is such a major at the moment and feel like my hard work may of been thrown straight to the pigs lol. He also wont eat any meat other than sausage or chicken, as the weather is to hot for casserolles now I can't get the meat juices into his dinner. Any suggestions? I'm willing to try almost anything.

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Bernie - posted on 01/30/2009

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Quoting Sarndra:

Thanks heaps for the comments I will try them. I have also tried to disguise food into the rice but he won't eat rice and doesn't like tomato sauce can you imagine a kid not liking tomato sauce lol.



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Im glad my DS likes tomato sauce. This is what im using at the moment. Veges first then meat last. That what is working for me at the moment mos of the times



 



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Kasia - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have tried several things with my daugher.  I make her fruit soothies and throw in carrots, beets, califlaur.  I also have a dughter that loves and I mean loves her soup so I cook soups with lots of veggies.  She doesn't like fresh veggies with the exception of cucumbers- she loves those as sticks.  So if I cook veggies in a soup and cut them up small she will eat them with the soup.  Also the soup flavors the veggies and I sometimes scoup out veggies from the soup and give it to her as a side and she will eat them but if I just steam them with no flavor- she won't eat them.  Try a large variety of stuff adn rotate.  If she gets sick of one, don't give it for a couple of weeks and them try again.



 



 

Sarndra - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have tried everything now I am sure of it! Tried hiding the food in baking, tried vege nuggets, doesn't like tomato based sauces or pasta (wouldn't even eat the lasagne pasta, he just spat it out) and he isn't very good with liquids on a spoon, fine with yoghurt a bit messy but it is a bit more solid on the spoon than soup but maybe I could try soup in his sippy cup, but is that still providing him with veges? he is taking a multivitamin, and he alsways gets a cold if it is going around he is fully vaccinated, but I put it down to okay kids get stuff but he doesn't eat nutritious food to support his immune system.

Deborah - posted on 01/03/2009

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My son is the same with veg, He is alright with smooth soup though. Have you tried leaving a plate of fruit in veg out where he is playing, they are less likely to eat something if you are stressing about it is a power play.

Cara - posted on 01/02/2009

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I add the pureed baby food veggies to anything and everything, and my son doesn't know the difference. I add them to spaghetti sauce, ramen noodles, etc. His favorite food is chicken nuggets (go figure, right?) and I rotate regular chicken nuggets with the veggie nuggets. He loves them both. I also give him V8 Splashers juice (not sure if you have that there) and he loves that too.

Christy - posted on 12/31/2008

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Gosh it's a total crap shoot w/ my DD as to what she'll eat! My Ped. said fruit and/ OR veggies, so if they eat plenty of fruit and no veggies it's ok, as long as they get their servings in. I agree w/ hiding veggies, but I don't have either of the books. I have a hard time getting protien in my LO, I've made some various breads (like pumpkin, banana or zuccini) using soy or bean flour(s) and whole wheat, I use an all natural sugar sub. called Whey Low that's absolutly fantastic and doesn't mess w/ blood sugar levels and sweetens the deal. I also give her protein rich pastas (we have one here in the US by Barilla that has extra protien in it). I've recently started giving my DD some great vits. gummy bear type and they make a fruits and veggies formula, she LOVES them, but make sure your guy can handle chewing them well since they are intended for ages 2 and up. Keep in mind they say it can take up to 10 times before your LO will accept a new food. And sometimes they crave certian foods over others. Recently my DD has even eaten green salad!! (romaine lettuce) but then again she adores beets, carrots, tomatoes, and broccoli (but oddly enough she hates avacado) other veggies she seems to like sometimes and not other times. Sometimes it seems all she eats is veggies, sometimes it's just fruit, sometimes it's just all carbs! (like I said it's the protein we have issues w/ here). She usually always throws her meat onto the floor (insult to injury to be certian). They say look at what your LO is eating overall in a week and not just in one day. One other tip I have is my kids usually want to eat what ever I'm eating, can't tell you how many times I've had my food hyjacked! so I'll dish up an extra big serving for myself and sit my kids on my lap and they'll eat off my plate! Sometimes if I make a big deal out of it making exaggerated "YUMMY" sounds they'll be more apt to at least try it!

Andrea - posted on 12/30/2008

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i have same problem i blend the darn things until liquify and then mix with pasta or rice and even his chiken nuggets not just any nuggets too they have to be well breaded cause then he picks off the bread then eats the nugget kids oh boy who would thought it would be this much trouble

Rachel - posted on 12/30/2008

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I like the book The Sneaky Chef-- it is very similar to Jessica Seinfeld's book, but I think it seems more well-thought-out. I have tried the orange puree (sweet potatoes and carrots) and the white puree (cauliflower and peeled zucchini) and I have been able to hide them in food pretty easily. I make up the purees and freeze them in ice cube trays, then I throw a cube or two into whatever food I'm making. Will your son eat ground beef or ground turkey? I have been able to mix some puree into ground meat as I'm sauteeing it and it's very well-hidden if you don't use too much. I have found lots of good muffin recipes on Allrecipes.com-- I haven't had any luck getting my daughter to eat them yet, but I keep trying. My husband and I love them-- I've made pumpkin apple, pumpkin zucchini, and banana apple muffins. Good luck-- I have a picky toddler too, so I feel your pain!

Sarndra - posted on 12/29/2008

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Thanks so much for the feedback!!! It has been a real help and am just about to go and do some baking tonight and try to hide some veges in there, any recipe ideas for muffins or something where you could hide them in to? Also Tanya yes tea is dinner lol just my poor english really :)

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Extra note: some kids just get picky at times. By all means, if you can hide the veggies, do it to get the nutrition in, but keep placing them in front of him. If he sees the grown-ups eating them and doesn't feel pressure to do it himself, perhaps his curiosity will convince him to try them again.

Lydia - posted on 12/29/2008

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well the little trick that i have learnt is u make a smothie out of vegies but put in some fruit too cause fruit descises the the vegies tast

Tanya Bauer - posted on 12/25/2008

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ok, forgive me for asking, but what is tea? Is that dinner/supper? try using the pureed veggies in spaghetti sauce and in baking, that will hide them but he will still eat them. I wouldn't give him sausage on a regular basis but there is nothing wrong with chicken. Also, you can give him eggs (unless there is an allergy) and peanut butter for protein instead of meat. My little one loves peas and broccoli. Just keep trying and don't give up. Eventually he will eat them.

Sarndra - posted on 12/25/2008

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Thanks heaps for the comments I will try them. I have also tried to disguise food into the rice but he won't eat rice and doesn't like tomato sauce can you imagine a kid not liking tomato sauce lol.

Lorilynne - posted on 12/24/2008

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There's this book by Jessica Seinfeld called Deceptively Delicious. Basically, her idea is to puree the veggies and hide them in food that kids love to eat. I haven't actually tried it yet but I want to. My daughter was in a really picky stage for awhile and wouldn't eat anything but cereal and crackers and waffles. I talked to her doctor and he said the important thing was that she was eating so just to feed her what she would eat for the time being and worry about the veggies later. He also told me that its important to keep offering the foods because you never know when your little one will be up for trying them.

Giovanna - posted on 12/24/2008

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I hide veggies in some of my sons favorite dishes like this rice dish. I chop cooked veggies up very small so he cant see or feel the texture in his mouth. I think its a phase right now at their age. My son also wont eat chicken, or hardly any meats at all as well. I have to disguise the meat too. Its a pain, but worth the worry. Also, he really like ranch dressing. So with some of the veggies I let him dunk it in the dressing. Hope I could be of any help!

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