How can I get my kiddo to eat more vegetables?

Armida - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )




How can I get my boy to eat more vegetables? He eats plenty of fruit but I really want him to eat more vegetables. Please any suggestions or any recipe's. Thank you.


Melissa - posted on 02/08/2011




I have been adding it to dinners they never suspect....butternut squash mac and cheese is a favorite here...2 cups pasta, 1tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup pureed squash, 1-1/2 cup cheese( jack or chedder) 2 tbsp cream cheese, little salt and pepper and Bake! Make spaghetti sauce with a jar of any sauce then add blened veggies! So simple to make! My nephew also love V-8 fusion drinks..but dont get the lite kind it has so much added sugar!

Kylie - posted on 02/09/2011




Lots of great advice here! I want to add set the example for him - let him see you eating and loving veggies. Grow some and have him help prepare them with you. When you guys are at the fresh produce shop encourage him to get excited about the names, colors and what things might taste like and the possibility of what you can make. Don't over cook them, beans and broccoli and other greens lose their flavor and nutrients if you over cook them and thats enough to turn anyone off. Baked beans are veggies and are full of protein, cheesy sauces go great with a lot of veggies and things like zucchini and corn pancakes go over well with kids.

Both my children eat whole tomatoes and raw kale from the garden, they go crazy for sweet peas and baby carrots and my two year old eats almost a cucumber a day with no pressing from me. They have just grown up seeing us eating veggies and they dont know any different.

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When me girls start that picky "I don't want to eat my veggies." thing I immediately start serving ONLY salads. It will then take them about one meal skip before they realize I am serious and they start eating their veggies again.

Jenny - posted on 02/08/2011




Is there any way you could grow some? A planter with tomatoes is very simple and can be used in many different foods. My kids love eating stuff they grew themselves. They even ate eggplant which we'd never had before.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/08/2011




I make tomato sauce with masses of different veg - just diced and heated with a dash of oil until softened. Add a couple of cans of diced tomatoes, a bunch of frozen or fresh spinach and your favourite seasonings (garlic, basil, oregano, etc.). When it's simmered for a bit and the veg is all soft I blend it up. Usually at this point it is greenish from the spinach so then I just add tomato paste until it's red. rofl. She freaking loves it.

I like to give her a hidden veg item and a whole one so that she doesn't forget that veggies are good in their natural state too. I encourage her to keep trying them. It's weird. She used to eat everything and now she's so picky. Sigh.


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Jenn - posted on 02/09/2011




I do sometimes "hide" veggies when cooking, but for the most part I think it's important for kids to KNOW that they are eating and enjoying vegetables. Eat them yourself in front of your kids, have them help to prepare them at supper time (when someone helps to cook they're more likely to eat it), grow some of your own (it makes it more "fun"), have them pick out veggies at the grocery store. I think the more involved they are in the whole process, the more likely they are to eat them.

Sal - posted on 02/08/2011




putting it in stuff is good to boost the nutrition if that is all you are worried about but if you don;t want to be making zuccinni and choc cakes for ever you have to get him to like them, growing them in great but takes a little time, i do give my kids their salad or vegies first and make them eat a good amount before serving meat or what ever, let him cook them or pick them at the store, ohhh also the biggest one is to eat them too, and make hubby eat them, i was also told that a new food might take 8 attempts before it isn;t wierd anymore and they just eat it so stick to your gun and i saw a show with dr phill and this mum who said her kid wouldn;t eat healthy food his advice don;t give him anything else a child will eat if they are hungry ad if there is only healthy fruit and veg there thats what they'll eat,

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Try the Sneaky Chef cookbooks. I love them and have adapted a lot of my own recipes...I'm sneakying everything.

Armida - posted on 02/08/2011




Wow thank you everyone for all your recipe's and suggestions. Yay! for moms 8)

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2011




How old? I know you cant when they are little but my daughter is 2 and she doesnt leave the table til she has eaten what she is told to eat which is uslaly the fruit with her morning tea or the veges with her dinner

Rosie - posted on 02/08/2011




the book seems awesome, sara gave me a recipe for blueberry muffins out of it, and it kicks ass, lol. who knew squash and flaxseed could be yummy?

anywho, i always add finely shredded carrots to my spaghetti sauce. that's all i got, lol!

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The book Loureen suggested is fabulous. It works on husbands too. ;)

Fruit smoothies are a favorite around here. In a food processor throw in a couple of bananas, a few cups of frozen berries, a cup of plain yogurt, and a cup of frozen VEGETABLES! Works like a charm.

I also give my daughter a vitamin called Juice Plus. My doctor and cousin (who is a health nut) both recommended it. It's made with fruits and vegetables...she gets all her servings in the form of four gummies a day. She thinks it's candy. It's not as good as the real thing...but it's close. I can tell a difference in her BM's since she started this vitamin. Much healthier. Here's the website for more info...

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