Getting my 17 month old to eat more veggies?
Katherine - posted on 10/12/2010
Thank you for all the ideas. He doesn't seemt o enjoy veggies as muh as fuit. But, at least he will eat one. My son isn't much of sauces he likes to stay clean when he eats. I'm going to try putting veggie in his mac and cheese and pasta. He loves to eat pasta and stuff like that. Thank you all for the ideas!
Paula - posted on 10/11/2010
I give vegies to my son at least evey second day if not everyday. I mix them in just about everymeal. He loves plain mashed potato and pumpkin, mix through some sauce if you like. I make Mac cheese with mixed veg, diced veg with pasta and grated cheese, omlettes with veg and cheese., bolognase sauce with grated carrot and zucchini. Goodluck
Ami - posted on 10/10/2010
My daughter is not a fan of veggies. I want her to be, but I try not to stress out about it too much since she's so young and her nutritional needs are not that demanding.
Do your kids like scrambled eggs? I can usually mix in whatever veggies I like along with some cheese into a scrambled egg.
I also try to stick with some veggies that she does like, which isn't a lot. She likes raw carrots, but it makes me nervous to have her eat them. I just make sure to watch her like a hawk. She usually only takes a couple of bites anyway, and she has quite a few teeth...at least 12!
I also mix veggies in with the pasta sauce, and I can usually mix in pureed/finely chopped spinach and broccoli into macaroni and cheese. True, she isn't eating it voluntarily, but I didn't like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, etc when I was little.
Do your kids like certain condiments? Maybe they would eat steamed veggies if they can dip them in hummus, ranch dressing, or ketchup. True, most people don't eat veggies dipped in ketchup, but kids don't know that. hehe
I'm in the same boat - except my son NEVER liked veggies. The only thing I've tried with moderate success is to hide spinach in a pasta and tomato sauce casserole. I've heard about those cookbooks that teach you how to hide veggie purees in your cooking, but I'm resistant b/c it seems like a lot of trouble, plus it doesn't accomplish the goal of getting children to willingly eat veggies, which is an important habit!
I'm looking forward to reading some new ideas. :)
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