What do you think of giving toddlers ensure when they don't eat veggies well?

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~Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2009

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(May be slightly off topic, as I had never thought to give Ensure to my kids -I think it might be a good idea though; that or Pediasure, b/c mine are young...)



I can't get my son to eat certain food no matter what I try. So, what I started doing was making corn muffins for him. In the batter, I put pureed carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini....even a little shaved coconut for the fat content. I even puree chicken or turkey b/c my son refuses to eat meat, and put that in the mix too. (bake as usual)

At dinner, I give him a toasted buttered corn muffin (with his plate). The muffin itself is a full chicken & veggies meal, and he eats every bite. He never knows that there's 'good stuff' hidden inside.

It might be worth a try!

Good Luck!

Kari - posted on 07/29/2011

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My Mom had a strategy that gets kids to LOVE veggies. That's the first food they get after pablum. Homemade baby food of peas, beans, spinach, yams, squash, carrots, etc, cooked the way you cook them for yourself and then pureed is all we have given babies in our family for generations. When they're very used to the veggies we add meat. No fruit, yogurt, sweetened cereals until they are content eating healthy meals like you eat. Often our baby's first sweets are their first birthday cakes. My kids (and siblings) love veggies - salad, sprouts, zucchini cooked or raw, cauliflower - they line up for stuff straight from the cutting board when I'm cooking. If anything, we have to force meat on them - I won't give them seconds of veg. until they've made good progress on the rest of the meal. Probably too late to help with your toddler, but maybe it will help someone else!

Natalie - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and I've kept Ensure on hand since she was about a year. (When we switched from formula to milk.) I always put 3 healthy (try to) meals in front of her a day and healthy snacks in between. But on days when I feel like she just didn't eat well and those meals ended up down the garbage disposal, I give her an Ensure. She calls it a 'milkshake'. So I agree with the other posts, don't give up on the veggies - but at the end of the day, you've got to feel like they have something of value in their system. (And I'm sure every mom out there knows all to well the frustration and guilt of clearing a full plate from the table!)

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Dawn - posted on 08/12/2009

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The puree thing works wonder. There is a book out by Jerry Steinfeld's wife. That you might be able to find at the library and just photo copy pages that you like. I do that with my kids. Just spend a day on steaming and pureeing then off to the freezer in pre-mesured bags. So I just take out what I need for the meal. I still will put veggies on the plate in "hope" that they might eat it. But at lease I know they are getting some.

Anita - posted on 08/12/2009

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My kids are 2 & 3 and don't eat veggies well. I heard that there is an ensure just for kids, but isn't it expensive though? Maybe pediasure is better?? I still offer the veggies, buit maybe i need help being more creative....

Holly - posted on 08/12/2009

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I don't know much about ensure, but I give my son "fruitables" from the juice aisle. They contain one serving of fruit and veggies per juice box. He loves them, and I feel better about him getting healthy foods that he won't eat. They also have less sugar, so I feel better about giving him juice too. Hopefully, someday they will eat veggies on thier own! :)

Crystal - posted on 08/12/2009

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I once read that babies and toddlers may not take to veggies so well and it can take up to ten tries before they get used to it, keep trying! :)

Melissa - posted on 08/12/2009

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i forgot about the fusion juice! i used to give that to my son all the tim etoo just to get some veggies in him. we watered it down, but he still got all the veggies he needed. between that and the few he'd try before spitting them out! LOL! another thing we tried is mixing them in things he likes. we'll put mixed veggies in the macaroni or mashed potatoes, put a veggie on the fork and then the meat...that way he sees the meat first and doesn't think twice about it! how old is your toddler? mine has been having some ups and down in eating in general, and he just turned 2. the pediatrician said it's normal at this age and not to worry...don't know if that's the case with yours or if it's just specifically veggies.

Alyssa - posted on 08/12/2009

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Keep trying the veggies. They'll catch on eventually with a little patience. Our pediatrician suggested PediaSure to help fill the gaps of now. Look for some coupons and store brands are equally nutritious.

Bambi - posted on 08/12/2009

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I have the same issue with my tot but its not just veggies its food in general.. He's said she doesnt really agree with it b/c they need to learn to eat food so i went out and broght flinston vitamins and the V8 fusion juice which gives him a full days serving of fruits and veggies since i so much trouble with him eating

Linda - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter was VERY allergic for almost all kinds of milk [yes, even breast milk] - so she was brought up on Ensure!! She was a healthy, clever girl, did well in school, sports, ballet, you name it, she did it. So, my point is - there is nothing wrong with you giving your child Ensure!! Make sure that you dont turn him'/her into a fussy eater.... in other words: don't make too much of a fuss about food. They get to stages where they simply dont want to eat - its normal. Rather Ensure than sweets...

Melissa - posted on 08/12/2009

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do not give them ensure...give pediasure,, boost, or something like that. there is so much sugar in ensure...there's a lot in pediasure, but the ensure is WAY worse. but i do also agree that is more of a meal supplement than veggie replacement. my mom did something similar to what another poster said. she made my son carrot cake muffins, and pureed carrots and zucchini and mixed it in the batter. he's never had a HUGE problem eating veggies (though they're certainly not his favorite!), but he ate these muffins like there was no tomorrow!

Erica - posted on 08/12/2009

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I've found that liquid multivitamin drops work great. I put them in with her watered-down juice first thing in the morning. Her dr. recommended them because she wasn't into drinking milk from a cup, but she's also not into veggies, no matter how we try!. I have also mashed stuff up into mashed potatoes, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't! Good luck :)

Chrissy - posted on 08/12/2009

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Ensure and Pediasure aren't formulated to replace vegetables. Its more of an entire meal. You get a lot of sugar (check the nutritional content label), and you also get protein and fat (which you don't necessarily need to replace just because the child isn't eating veggies). So you are better off just giving more fruit, than giving them a sugary drink.

Cindy - posted on 08/12/2009

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Some veggies are yucky. I didn't and still don't worry about my kids eating them. My kids graze on what ever they want. Some days it's fruit, meat, or cereal. Other days they just want toast.

It amazing to me how no pressure leads to curiosity. Our three year old will eat bagged salad, but not cooked veggies. We don't eat salad at all, how ever the WONDER PETS eat celery. When he saw that he was hooked and I bought him a salad, it's better than potato chips.

His Ped said kids his age will eat in shifts and not to worry. If you give them a suppliment instead of just leaving "it" there for them to try when they are ready, they have no reason to try. A hungry kid is more likely to eat something new then one with a protien shake.

Save the Pedisure for when your little one is sick - that's what it's for. Save the ensure for when you are feeling run down, that's what it is for.



My point...Just relax and let Junior figure it out for themselves. Find other ways of preparing the Veggies. You don't have to cook the snot out of everything for every kid (my mom did). Try not cooking the veggie. Or try a Dip. Ketsup, plum sauce, or ranch dressing, and Cheese Wiz. Can't hurt to try.

Cathralynn - posted on 08/12/2009

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Isn't ensure for adults? They make pediasure for kids. Never used it but my doc recommended it when my daughter wouldn't drink milk. There are other brands of childrens supplemental drinks, check the baby isle of your store. Doc also said if your baby eats fruit just fine they are getting plenty of vitamins from that and just keep trying veggies but don't force it. I plan on adding a mulitvitamin after my daughter turns two. Good luck!

Kat - posted on 08/12/2009

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It's more important that your child gets all that they need than learning the lesson of eating what's put in front of them. So do what you have to do to make sure they get what they need while you continue to encourage eating vege's. Of course don't give up on that.

Stephanie - posted on 08/12/2009

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I see nothing wrong with it! Although, that's not to say I agree with giving up on veggies, but my daughter had a cup of toddler formula a day until she was about two. They make formula for toddlers, so I don't know which is better Ensure or the "special" formula.

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