How do I get my daughter to eat vegetables?

Hannah - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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I know this is a common question. Olivia is my 1st and only child. She use to eat her broccli. Now she won't even touch that. I've tried hiding the vegetables in her food. It doesn't work, she always finds them and spits it out. My husband and I love vegetables. Thought I would get lucky and hoped she would to. No luck. Is this just a phase? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks! Hannah

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Go to the super market, buy a big fresh broccli, cut it up just enough so she can play with it herself. Don't put it on a plate, put it on a clean table. Let her play with it on the table but ignore her. Don't mention anything. Every now and again just pretend to pinch some and eat it in front of her but tell her not to tell anyone then go away again. You'll find that she will just naturayl copy you and begin to eat it without fuss. Try it with other stuff too. But DON'T make it a meal. Do this for about a week or month and then just put it on her plate. Small bits at a time though yet still let her play with it without fuss. You'll find that eventually, it will become part of a normal meal. Never say "Hurry up and eat your food". When you think meal time should be over for her just say "all done" and take away her plate. If she says not finished, this is good so give her 5 minutes more. Take her to choose vegtables and pick them up herself. Let her feel them and smell them. I have mint and basil in my garden, my 5 yr old planted them when she was 2. They are her's and believe me, we know it. We go cut them together and put them on her potatoes. We also eat chopped carrot as a treat as well. I convinced her they were better than sweets when she was very small. Just remember, they are like surveliance camer's, your child is always watching You. I sometimes eat a sweety and say "yuk, that's horrible" and then eat a carrot stick and say "that's much better." You are a mum, we have special powers. Power of persuasion. I have eye's in the back of my head, my children are always amazed that I can see them poking their tongue out behind my back. I never tell them it's the reflection in the window or the shadows on the wall. Use you special powers, kids love it.

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Forgot to mention, don't hide or disguise vegies. Kids trust one person more than anyone else and that's their mum. Tell the all about fruit and veg, where it really comes from. my youngest was ever so proud of herself when she came home from playgroup and announced she was the only one who knew where apples came from and everyone wanted some of her melon. You can't fool kids for long and they have one heck of a memory. LOL x

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Marlyn - posted on 09/12/2009

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I feel ya on that one. I've been fighting my son for a long time with the veggies, fruits, well, pretty much everything. He's a VERY picky eater. But, I give him V8 Fusion juices, and he actually will eat those Gerber graduates mashed potatoes with Broccoli. You could try those. And also, just keep offering it.

Dorene - posted on 09/12/2009

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Its just a phase. Just continue to put it on her plate and eat it with her and tell her how good the veggies taste, She might pick it up and eat it. But her if not she'll be fine give her a supplement/ vitamins.

Iris - posted on 09/10/2009

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Well what I did to get my hubby and son to eat veggies. Is with the carrots after I boiled them, I mixed seasoning salt and margarine with them to take the yukky carrot taste away and with the other veggies, such as broccoli, is I put cheese on them right after i boiled them and let it melt on the veggies..Or I made my son sit until he was done his whole plate or he would get nothing else to eat until morning.. No snacks or cookies or anything except for a little drink..

Julie - posted on 09/10/2009

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sit and eat them with her and don't mention a thing... Try drizzeling melted cheese over them -



ALSO, you an puree them in a blender and make a good soup with little alphabet noodles (you can buy them at most stores)



There is a product that I tell mothers about that has 7 veggies and 9 fruits in it... and they come in gummy form - that I give my kids.. and its cheaper than groceries!

http://www.juiceplus.com/+jh17263 and it comes automatically each month and I never have to reorder... VERY nice! This isn't like other gummy vitamins... this is the actual food.. you know ---> the 5+5 recommended only this is 7+9! Its a lifesaver in our family -

Harmony - posted on 09/10/2009

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hi i had the some problem with my 3 and i found a cook book called deceptively delicious and everything in the book has veggies and they have no idea what they are eating this book has been a life saver.

Stephanie - posted on 09/10/2009

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There is a cookbook by Jerry Seinfeld's wife called deceptively delicious and it's full of recipes all containg "hidden" vegetables... Including mac n cheese. The recipes are easy and the food tastes great!!

Laura Jayne - posted on 09/10/2009

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try coating the vegetables in a tempura batter it's light healthy and she should think it's nice and it's somethink dofferent for her to try, give it a go and see how it works for you. good luck xxx

Felicia - posted on 09/10/2009

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Every mom needs the recipe book by Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry's wife) called Deceptively Delicious. Now my little boy will eat vegetables but this book helped me sneak in vegetables in dishes that don't have any in them. You puree veggies (and fruit) and sneak the puree into things like burgers, tacos, pizzas, even brownies. I can never taste the vegetable. I have tried almost every recipe and the whole family likes them all!

Crystal - posted on 09/10/2009

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my children are also picky when it comes to veggies but I try to get them to eat them as often as possible, for me I will cook carrots then put them in the food processer and add it to spaggetti sauce or cook cauliflower put it in the food processer and add it to mashed potatos, I also give them V8 splash so they get fruit and veggies

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It could be a phase since she used to like broccoli but will not touch it now. It may be something to just wait out and see what happens. However, sometimes appeal works. For example, people say the first bite is with the eye. Is there a way you can prepare the veggies to make them look good to her? Does she have a sweet tooth? Besides the broccoli of course, it's possible to make some veggies sweet (carrots, for example). You said you've tried hiding them in other food but what about mixing them on your own plate and having her 'try it'? For example, when I was little, my grandfather got me to eat my peas and corn by mixing them with mashed potatoes. The potatoes helped the taste and he made it a game so it was fun too. You may also want to try "parental propaganda," which (if you don't already know) is picking an important issue and making a big deal out of it. With my oldest, I had to appeal to his need to be healthy (I realize that desire in a kid is rare) so I talked up healthy foods and made them in ways he likes, and then talked negatively about foods that aren't good for him. I don't know if the above will work for your daughter but they're worth a try.

Judith - posted on 09/10/2009

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hi Hannah .. I am a mum of 10 children and my 5 little's like mayonnaise or cheese sauce and mix it up a bit as it hides the taste .. i hope that helps a bit

Laurie - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son who is 5 will only eat one or two vegies but I find he'll always eat a mixed veg soup; not sure why but it works!

Naomi - posted on 09/10/2009

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My 2 year old refuses to eat fruit, always has! Just now she may have a few bites of an apple but that is all. She always loved her veggies though until about 4 months ago. We went through a stage of not eating any at all. I took her to the pharmacy to asked about vitamin suppliments but they said most children go through this stage and they wouldn't recommend giving her the suppliments as she looked quite healthy. Then my Mum had her one night and mashed all the veggies together like when you first start feeding them, and she ate it!! She still will only eat her veggies this way! Don't know if it will work for you though its worth a try! Good luck.

Jeanine - posted on 09/09/2009

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Just a thought...my son who just turned two will only eat brocolli if my husband puts a little lemon and a touch of salt. Surprisingly he eats it but only the top part and leaves the bottom..I say whatever he eats as long as he eats it.

Christina - posted on 09/09/2009

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there is a book that Jerry Seinfelds wife wrote that has been a hit.. look into that.. otherwise, butter, cinnamon or other healthy alternative sweet and savory solutions can be mashed in a little.. Yes, there are many phases! lol... just when you get used to one, they change on you! :)

Jane - posted on 09/09/2009

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when you find out, let me know. my 2 yr old won't eat any fruits or veggies.

Samantha - posted on 09/08/2009

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oooh also graduates have the snacks i give my daughter the bitter cookies the wagon wheels yogurt snacks and banana and sweet potatoe puffs and they have diff kind so may be that willwork for you too

Samantha - posted on 09/08/2009

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I agree with Kelly umm jucy juice has this juice called harvest in many different flavors and it has diffrent fruits and veggies. My daughter is only 5 months old so i'm kinda new at some things but my sister has two kids a 6yr and a 1 yr so she helps me out alot and her oldest doesnt like veggies so my sister has to give her the harvest plus i'm picky about my veggies and fruit so i drink it too.


Thanks Sam and Caylynn Bishop

OLGA - posted on 09/07/2009

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www.oherrera1.qhealthzone.com

enter KIDS VITAMINS in the search section and you'll fing very good options on suplementing your kids. Safe and garanteed.

OLGA - posted on 09/07/2009

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It could be as you said "just a phase" but she might be tired of it too. My baby eats more vegetables and fruits than anything else, but I noticed that when I repeat the same vegetables over and over, he would just turn his face an not eat them. So i realize I should give him a brake and try something new. After a period I would give hin thah vegetable again and he would eat it. Make sure you give her the vegetavles in a tasty way, be creative and she will love it. I allways recomend moms to give their babies suplements. There are very good and safe kids suplements out there: like chewable veg and fruit tarts that kids love to eat without saying no, my babi sometimes ask me for his vitamins, of course this should be as its name a suplement not a meal but by this you make sure he is having his fruit and veg intake.

Carissa - posted on 09/07/2009

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i haven't had a problem yet, but one thing that i feed my daughter all the time is home made soup- all varieties of vegies- and she loves it- hasn't knocked back any flavour yet

Judy - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hi Hannah, I no what your going through my son is almost 3 and I have been going through this for 6 months. So I have him drink V8 infusion everyday and take a daily vitamin.It has a full serving of vegetables and fruit in it.I hope this helps. Good Luck

Kelly - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hi Im kelly from Cali, I feed my son Green Machine "Naked Juice" its got a full serving of daily veggies in it, and he loves it. He is 3 and refuses veggies and that is a fight I am willing to get creative with instead of battleing it out. You can find it at Costco. If she wont drink it you can also make popcicles out of it. She doesnt have to know its good for her.

Cmquist - posted on 09/07/2009

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How old is she? My kids went through food jags loved certain foods than hated them. I did the blend them into their other foods, smother pureed fruit on top, gave it in different forms, frozen, raw, cooked, eventually they ate. Now they are older they still have food preferences. We allow a hated vegetable. Only one, that one they can refuse to eat. If they refuse to eat their food I pack it away for later and that is what they will eat if they are hungry or even breakfast. (I don't do this unless they are making meals a real struggle, I am a good cook too!!)

Skittles - posted on 09/07/2009

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Heres an idea for ya. Make meal time fun. What you can do is make a scene on the plate like an island have mashed potatos as the ground and broccli as the trees and use other foods for chairs or logs etc. have fun with it.if she doesn't feel like she is stressed or pushed into it she may give it another try.and its kinda fun to play with your food lol

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It does get worse as they get older, but one trick I used to do when mine were younger is make pancakes.. yep, puree carrots, corn, sweet potato, even green beans or spinach (though they didnt go over so well) and put the puree into the pancake batter. Ok, so they were smothering the vegetables with syrup, but hey.. it worked for a while. :P

Hannah - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting Susan:

Hi Hannah, This is normal for this age. Don't worry about it. Just keep putting some of the veggies on the plate and have her "try" them every meal....don't force her.
In the meantime make sure that she is getting a good supplement to take care of what she is not getting. One of the best out their is Shaklee's because they are natural and have been fully tested for purity. If you want more information you can check out this website.

www.logiedistr.myshaklee.com

Good luck,
Susan



Thanks for the advice. Hopefully she'll grow out of this stage soon! I'II look at the site you mentioned. Hannah

Susan - posted on 09/04/2009

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Hi Hannah, This is normal for this age. Don't worry about it. Just keep putting some of the veggies on the plate and have her "try" them every meal....don't force her.
In the meantime make sure that she is getting a good supplement to take care of what she is not getting. One of the best out their is Shaklee's because they are natural and have been fully tested for purity. If you want more information you can check out this website.

www.logiedistr.myshaklee.com

Good luck,
Susan

Hannah - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting emma:

have you tried mashing them in to potatoes or chopping them up in 2 small chunks n mixin them with her other food


Yes, I have. She's a smart girl for only being 2. She will always look at her food first. If she notices anything different about what she's eating ,she will either turn her head away or spit out the food. I guess she notices the difference in taste. It's frustrating, because I'm big on healthy foods.

Emma - posted on 09/04/2009

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have you tried mashing them in to potatoes or chopping them up in 2 small chunks n mixin them with her other food

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