She's rejecting veggies HELP!

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Anybody have any good ways to sneak in veggies? My own ways are starting to fizzle. My daughter is rejecting dinner outright more & more & I'm getting SUPER frustrated!

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Cherish - posted on 01/02/2012

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Hi,
How old is she? There is a fantastic book called "the sneaky chef" it is full of fabulous ideas.like if she eats spaghetti then get a jar of baby food(like peas or sweet potatoes) and mix it in the sauce,You can also add jars of baby food to cake mixes,pancakes...really anything you make to add vegetables to your kids diet!
Here are some links that may(or may not) be helpful :)

http://childparenting.about.com/od/recip...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-c...

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/2007...

http://www.thesneakychef.com/

Sarah - posted on 02/22/2012

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New success: Blended black eyed peas in mashed potatoes.

Even I could hardly tell the difference.

Tangela - posted on 01/16/2012

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You can blend her vegetables with fruit and make drinks for her. You can also add juice and ice with it to make it like a smoothie. With her broccoli you can add cheese. Also when I cook cabbage, i cook it with candy yams. I put them both on a spoon and I had my kids to try it and they loved it, because the yams were sweet, they didnt even think about the cabbage.

Caroline - posted on 01/15/2012

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Make home pizza and use V-8 or chopped up

veggies into the pizza sauce, when the kids

get to make their own stuff you'd be surprise

what they will eat. Meatloaf type burgers

with purred carrots in the mix.

Hope - posted on 01/07/2012

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Kids generally love french fries so I make sweet potato fries as a fun snack or side with dinner. I bake them in the oven and put some nice spicy spices on them with a dab of brown sugar. They are hit with my monster and my husband.

You could also try making her smoothies. There are some smoothie recipes that end up tasting sweet but include vegetables.

Oh, and V8 VFusion juices are 100% juice and are made with both veggies and fruits and taste amazing. We like the peach mango.

You could think about adding vegetables to something you already know she likes.. my kiddo loves her veggies but if I add them to her mac and cheese she scarfs them down with gusto. Basically, if I put cheese on something she will eat it. no matter what.

Also, there are the sweet veggies like butternut squash and acorn squash and zucchini. Zucchini can be added to breads and muffins and the bread/muffins are still sweet(ish).

I use www.epicurious.com for recipe ideas when I am stumped or need inspiration. They have a section for kid friendly meals/dishes.

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**Jackie** - posted on 02/21/2012

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My mom used to hide green peppers and onions and celery bits in her meat balls and lasagna. After I found out (took me a while lol) I was a bit older and admitted that I liked it. That's how I make it now. My daughter has no idea! So far so good! Hey, maybe this will be a tradition.

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When I do a spaghetti bolognese sauce - I cheat and grate the vegetables (carrots, onions, green/red peppers, celery) and then put them into fry. I also add tomato puree and a tin of tomatoes. My girls eat them without realising most of the vegetables they've eaten. My eldest in particular thinks that vegetables are highly deadly to eat for some odd reason right now (and she's 11 years old).



Other suggestions - vegetable soup, blitz it to a puree so they can't pick out the individual pieces of veg.. Eldest also eats that and it's become known as 'orange soup' as it's orange in colour thanks to lots of carrots (as well as potato, celery, tomato etc.).



Another thing that my two eldest will eat (but not my youngest) is blackberry and apple crumble. Every autumn/fall, at the end of August/early September we go blackberry picking. The girls enjoy it more when we go with friends and also make it fun. I then wash off and freeze what I don't want to use that evening/next day. I'm now approaching the end of my supply of picked blackberries!!! (Must try and pick more later this year).



You could also look into growing your own fruit/vegetables and/or go somewhere where you can pick your own.



The one thing that my three girls think is beyond disguisting is peanut butter. Peanut butter and jam/jelly sandwiches are even worse. Living in the UK - peanut butter does not have the same level of welcome as it does in USA/Canada. I've put on my facebook wall - yum peanut butter and jam (jelly) sandwiches - I usually get loads of comments about how gross that sounds (to put it mildly) - I've only got a few friends who think peanut butter and jam/jelly sandwiches actually taste nice.

Allison - posted on 01/26/2012

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My hubby used to cook the vegies, put them in a blender and then mix them with whatever we were having for dinner. eg. Mince, spaghetti, spag bog, meatballs, pie, whatever. The kids never knew and kept asking for more.

Maja - posted on 01/25/2012

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I buy a bunch of different veggies from the local produce stand. One a month I cook up all the veggies and puree them, separately, in a food processor then store them in the freezer. Every meal involves purees and no one knows the difference. I got this idea that works wonders from Jessica Seinfeld's book, "Deceptively Delicious". http://www.doitdelicious.com/cookbooks/d...

There's even a recipe for brownies with spinach and carrots! So delicious.

I also use a puree of beets to make red velvet cupcakes. They aren't AS red but they do the trick AND have something healthy in them as well.

Nichole - posted on 01/22/2012

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My son wont eat much meat, if he's in the mood he'll eat chicken, sometimes bacon but thats it. he'd rather eat 2 pounds of grapes for breakfast than have eggs bacon and toast.



All i can say is the more i push him to eat the foods he doesn't like, the less he eats, if at all. I was never much for making a special meal for anyone (children or husband) in my house, it was always you eat what we eat, but then i found my self faced with the fact that he's a Vegi (nothing wrong with it). which was great it was his choice, but i had to find ways to make sure he got the proteins and stuff he needed.



All i can say is the best veggi substitute i have found even for children is a grain that's call quinoa. It's a grain that is very very good cooked, it's really great with fruits or veggies. just a heads up DO NOT OVER SALT OR PEPPER THIS, i can tell you right now you will not like it if you do. It takes about 30ish min to cook, has a light hazelnut taste. you can cook it in plain water or chicken/beef/or vegi stock. it's a blessing.

Anji - posted on 01/22/2012

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I am a vegetarian so my 3 1/2 little girl eats ALOT of veggies and fruits so here is something that may help your little warm up to eatting more of these very important foods. I would try getting them different things to dip the veggies and fruit in. Little ones love to feel like they are making or creating something..for example apples (soft apples) slice an let him/her dip in some peanut butter, Brocolli dip in a little cheese sauce, etc.. Another thing that might help is make a game out of it put the same veggies on your plate as you have on theirs and tell your little one you'd like to take turns giving each other a bite of food. They will be so excited that they get to feed mommy they don't realize when it's your turn to give them a bite your giving them a nice bite of veggies. Hope this helps.

Cfk86 - posted on 01/19/2012

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Try making a yummy fruit smoothie with a few things like corn or cucumber mixed in too!

Amy - posted on 01/19/2012

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My kids loved veggies when they first starting eating solids, then suddenly they rejected them. What works for me is disguising them. You can get a lot of great recipes online. Jessica Seinfeld's books, Deceptively Delicious, are great sources and helped me a lot. I make delicious breads with carrots and other veggies, mac and cheeses, and many other kid-friendly foods. I love to eat them, too, which is great so that I can get my vegetables!

Junkfoodkids - posted on 01/15/2012

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v-8 fusion is great, this is a faze most children go through. hummus and carrot sticks can be fun when you have the kids help make the hummus.

Stacy - posted on 01/13/2012

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Make cauliflower mashed potatoes, Chocolate zucchini cake, I need to look more. I have the same problem with my 3 yr. old, but he does not hardly eat anything but toast.

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2012

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I make muffins and put veggies in them, like lentils and such, when i'm making spaghetti I puree veggies into the sauce, that't the only way that she will eat them...
BUT if I leave them out raw, like carrots cut up into thin pieces and she see's me eating them, then she will, makes no sence lol

Betty - posted on 01/09/2012

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Pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, pureed carrots and sweet potatoes in pancakes(I use baby food for this), shredded zucchini in chocolate cupcakes, and smoothies with spinach, kale and frozen mixed berries.

Tiffany - posted on 01/07/2012

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veggie chips i find them at sams club the r potato chip but are made from dried veggies

Amanda - posted on 01/06/2012

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Are there any veggies she does like? I just try to feed my son the veggies I know he likes and offer him all of the other ones we are eating.

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