Having problems getting 3yr old to eat veg. Any advice?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2009

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I also make muffins or cupcakes loaded with shredded veggies like carrots and zucchini or pumpkin, squash or sweet potato puree.

Kathryn - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son refused to eat Vegies for ages until my mum taught me a trick, as much as it sounds horrible it worked. Mix potatoe and pumkin together and mix a small spoon of vegimite in it and let him see you do it. With pea's and beans and carrots make funny face plates using the vegies. Make fresh vegie juices, freeze them into ice blocks and serve them up as treats with frozen yoguts. Hope this helps

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Darlajean - posted on 08/09/2009

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Ashley - posted on 08/04/2009

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I work at a Children's center and many parents struggle with this issue! There's a cook book aimed for children like yours! The book is called The Sneaky Chef.

Michelle - posted on 08/04/2009

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velveeta cheese has been my god sent! Melt it over top of green beans etc and my kids don't mind it so much. Dipping it in things works also!

Cristy - posted on 08/04/2009

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I just keep putting it on their plate. I have a 2 1/2 year old that would only eat green beans, whenever we had something else I would put it on her plate and if she didn't eat it no big deal but I kept putting it on her plate whenever we had it. She now eats corn, lettuce, peas and we are still trying to get her to try asparagus and some other veggies, but I just keep at it, eventually she will eat it. To a previous post that says to make them sit there until they eat it, some children are hard headed(my child) and would rather sit there all night than eat something she doesn't want to try or has and doesn't like it.

Sheryl - posted on 08/04/2009

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I put mashed potatoes into the shape of a giraffe on his plate......used peas for the spots. He was so excited...asked for giraffe potatoes all the time. Now, he'll eat a full serving of peas with his mashed potatoes. Also, as they get older, just INSISTING they eat them...or have a consequence (like no snacks later or no dessert...or no seconds on his favorite part of the meal). I never make him clean his whole plate, but I ALWAYS insist the veggies are gone!

Latifah - posted on 08/04/2009

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Hi Michelle,
I wouldn't overly worry about that now. My children hate veg when they were younger, but now if I didn't put at least 3 types of veg they will grumbled about it.
Just give him a bit of what he likes and try colourful veg to catch his interest. Children are very visual people, if you present him with a very attractive plate he might try eating it. BTW do you like veg? Give him a role model to follow. It helps. :)

Magentha - posted on 08/04/2009

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my little one likes to cooks everything from breakfeast to dinner, if i didnt know any better thats the best part of his day. so i got him involved in peeling and cutting and sturing and everything that he cooked he ate, even collieflower. this mite work for you. if not my mum always use to put gravy or diff sauces on veg. hope this helps magentha

Amy - posted on 08/03/2009

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Try the book Deceptivly Delicious by Jessica Seignfield, worked a treat with my guys, just remember to put veg on their plate still so they get used to seeing them & eating them, just dont fight with them about it.

Mindy - posted on 08/03/2009

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try making a game out of it. Set up little board game looking place mats and have them use a veggie as there game piece, that way they get the idea eatimg veggies can be fun.

Laura - posted on 08/03/2009

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hiding the veggies in everyday food works but so does including your kiddos in cooking...I know my 9 year old has a strong aversion to anything good for him...unless he helps cook it...alot of time when I am making rice or a grilled dish Ill let him help chop things up and cook them, then he wants to try them. I started this when he was little...he helped pick out what would be for dinner and would then do what was age appropriate when I cooked. Also, make it fun. You can make cute little treats out of veggis...I make carrot and celery trees or "confetti" and I make roses out of tomatoes...little things that kids think are cute and then want to try because its different. I also told Drew, my oldest, that broccoli was lil trees....hes been eating it ever since.

Lesley - posted on 08/02/2009

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hi im lesley i can tell you a way off getting veges into your 3 yr old i have 2 girls 3 yrs and 7 yrs what i do for my girls is blend veges up into puree and put into food and also put some on plate to show them what it is and c if they will try it if they dont dose not matter they are getting it any way hope that helped you c u by :)

User - posted on 08/02/2009

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I'm sure you have heard this may times. Every kid is different, their just little adults. They know what they like and what they don't like and trying to get them to eat something they don't like is a waste of your time. But veg are all different just like kids, just keep trying different veg and prepare them different until you find something they like. Like cheese on green beans. But don't just make what they like make what you like too and if they don't eat them they will not starve. The hard part is keeping up on what they like and don't like, their taste changes with change in shoe size.

Brenda - posted on 08/02/2009

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My daughter gags at veg/fruits - but will drink V-8 Fusion which has full days supply of fruits and veggies. At least its something - shes like her dad! (My sons like me all the way - as far as eating goes, I eat anything....) Glad he's like me.

She's very pickie like him.

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I saw a neat idea from Family Fun magazine to create a "food passport" for each of your kids. On each page in your passport, list a different food to try (print pictures of the foods from clipart, magazine pages, etc...) and give them a "stamp" or sticker once they have tried it. You can take it one step further and promise them their favorite meal (a chance to sit with them and plan a menu) once the passport is fully stamped.

Mindy - posted on 08/01/2009

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My son wouldnt eat his broccoli until I sprinkled some cheese on it...if you dont have a problem w cheese in the house maybe try that...

Salvatrice - posted on 08/01/2009

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HIDE THEM! Mashed potatoes are good with mashed cauliflowers (can't tell they are there). Also if you finely dice them up you can cook them in sauce and can't see them... Just hide them in meat. YOu can also do dips and see fi they will eat it raw. Make sure to tell the pediatrician too- they made need Vitamin Supplements. HAVE FUN! GOOD LUCK!

Lynne - posted on 08/01/2009

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my two year old is a very fussy eater , aill only eat bananas , he is hard to feed most the times , dinners he will only eat the same kinda food , like smiley potatoes wit spaggetti , or creamed rice he wont eat mash specially if he sees a colour in it he doesn reconise

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2009

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When my step-kids were little, I used to puree cooked veggies and put them in my spaghetti sauces or in casserole sauces. They thought I made the best spaghetti and ate it up! It was absolutely loaded with veggies of all sorts! They laugh about it now. My daughter loves a variety of things and it is not so hard with her.

Tammy - posted on 08/01/2009

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If your child likes pancakes try this trick. First you puree the veggies and then mix it in the pancake batter and make pancakes. It works perfect. Enjoy!!

Tammy - posted on 07/31/2009

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Put cheese sauce on the cooked ones and let them dip the raw ones in ranch....worked for me..lol

Denise - posted on 07/31/2009

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I used to process them and hide inside meatball and hamburgers, they ate everything!!!

Karen - posted on 07/31/2009

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Put them on your plate. Act like it is your fav food and say "Don't eat my ______" Smile and put the spoon of veg at his mouth. This works with my 3 year old. Also, laugh and say You ate my ______ when they do eat it. It becomes a game.

Toni Angela - posted on 07/31/2009

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I tried making eating vegetables fun. I used to get my children to pretend to be giants, Broccoli were trees, baby sweetcorn was corn on the cob etc. It was just a matter of making it fun. Loads of other great ideas given here. I still can't get them to eat sprouts though!!

Amanda - posted on 07/31/2009

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The book, Deceptively Delicious, is an option if you just want your child to get the nutrition from them without learning that they can also be tasty. I have 2 picky eaters so I can empathize with your situation. Here is what I have resorted to ~ serve the veggies in things such as soups, casseroles, chicken pot pie, rice....they are much less intimidating if they are a part of a food vs. an entire serving by themselves. I also serve them raw with choices in dips, that makes it fun and the value in nutrition consuming them raw can't be beat! Good luck!

Kari - posted on 07/31/2009

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There is a fantastic cookbook by Jessica Seinfield called - Deceptively Delicious
She is so funny and sneaks in lots of vegatables even in favorite dishes!

Abby - posted on 07/31/2009

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Have you tried letting him pick out the veggies at the store or farmers market? that helped one of my friend's daughters start eating a broader range of healthy foods.

Shelli - posted on 07/31/2009

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@ the store I look for anything I can find w/even a little bit of veggie in it. My son loves the V8splash juices...they even have some w/low sugars. I have heard that children don't need a variety of vegy's - find a couple they don't mind & stick w/em; but still introduce others from time to time because taste buds change every few years I hear.

Rhea - posted on 07/30/2009

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my 2 yr old loves fried rice and we put all kinds veggies in it... even try grilling some on the grill..

Anna - posted on 07/30/2009

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When I was trying to get the kids to try new foods I found that they were more willing to try if they helped prepare them. Whether it was washing or using the plastic cutters to 'slice' veggies, they could help prepare them and then I'd tell them "make sure you tell papi you made these so he will try them" They made such a big deal of having to try to convince their father to eat the veggies they prepared, they'd always start with showing him how they eat them first.

Tamlyn - posted on 07/30/2009

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My parents raised very good eaters, and their secret was a garden. We would watch the veggies grow and wait, not very patiently, for the harvest. Even just a tomato plant near a bright window might help him to become curious. Good Luck!

Norma - posted on 07/30/2009

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i am a mother of 7, his mine and ours and they all have different things they love and hate.i all ways serve them with meals. but sometimes i hide them in food too. i will puree vegatables and mix it in. sometimes i bread and fry veggies. also if your child sees other children eating veggies or other people, theyll want to eat it too. i love veggies and all my kids eat them cause thats a big part of our diet. i hope this can be helpful. i also have a baby with a sensory disorder that affects his eating, so if you ever need any more advice write me back any time. i'll be glad to help.

Crysta - posted on 07/30/2009

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My daughter is an incredibly picky eater. The only way we've found to get the nutrients from the vegetables into her is by giving her V-8 Fusion. There are a few cookbooks out there that give suggestions on how to hide the vegetables they don't like in their everyday food, but my daughter is pickier than that and won't touch the stuff.



Good luck!

Lynn - posted on 07/30/2009

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Here is a trick i still use with 2 teens and a no veggie eating husband. I mash canned and frozen cooked veggies up using a processor and then stick it in everything. Some examples are carrots,squash,green beans,cauliflower,baby peas, and sweet potatoes. After you mash them to death put them in your pasta sauce, meatloaf, mix them with rice and add some broth. They will never know.

Kristine - posted on 07/30/2009

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If he likes cheese you can try melting it and pouring it over some veggies. My kids love it.

Kristina - posted on 07/30/2009

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zuccini bread, pumpkin bread, candied carrots ,... umm add fresh corn to corn bread. It's what we had to do.. or we made up really silly names for things and the boys were curious.. It wasn't celery and peanut butter.. it was ants on a log. It wasn't carrot sticks it was magic wands. I had issues with spagetti sauce.. they wouldn't eat it.. but if I called it noodles with pizza sauce it was a hit (and I could chop up veggies really small and hide it in there). Sometimes how you present it is what matters. Get cookie cutters in fun shapes for things like cucumbers. Hope this helps!

Keep it fun, try several different things, and be excited. MMMmmm this is so good.. even try the " I wish you could have some of this.. but I'm going to eat it all. " At that age they'll want to see what it's about.. play with them.. "Oh no.. this is too good to share with you.. well alright.. because I love you.. I guess I can let you try some.. "

Lorrie - posted on 07/29/2009

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make your own chicken fingers and put veges in the breading. they can be baked and not fried so they are healthier. When I was growing up it was MCd's is 5 miles down the road and you cant drive yet so eat it anyway

Deborah - posted on 07/29/2009

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I dont want to go against the current trend of hiding the vegatables which has worked so well for so many mothers....but what about perseverence and not allowing the treats unless the vegatables are eaten. What is going to happen to all these children when they are adults and cant eat in restaurants because they dont like vegatables?! My children went through 'I dont like phases' but when they didnt like cauliflour it was white brocoli, when they didnt like brocoli it was green cauliflour. when they didnt like beans they were special 'oobi doobie' beans and you wouldnt believe the foods that I told them the spice girls ate!!!.......my children,20 and 13 years, with much perseverence, have grown eating balanced meals, love their foods, I could take them anywhere and they have a passion for trying new foods. I hope meal times get easier for you.

Charlie - posted on 07/29/2009

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ok ladies, i could use some help - i would love to blend the veggies into something but my child eats no condiments - none whatsover. he does eat grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken nuggets, and applesauce (i can't see blending them in the applesauce) - how do you sneak in veggies there?!?!?

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My toddler only eats broccoli, so I make it a lot. Buying it fresh and steaming it works best, and just add a sprinkle of salt. You could also try melting a little cheese over the top if that doesn't work. Most kids like cheese and will then eat the broccoli too. Good luck!

Lorrie - posted on 07/29/2009

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If your little one likes spaghetti or goulash, you could chop up all sorts of veges, squash, celery, onions, etc in the sauce. Or try making it a game with him. He eats one and you eat 2. That was how I got my kids to eat theirs. And sometimes just introduce the veges to them over and over. In my house every one has to try at least one bite of something, even if they don't like it.
sometimes making burritos, breakfast or for dinner is a great way to sneak veges in. If nothing else there is Pedisure. Hope this helps

Helen-Anne - posted on 07/29/2009

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Hi Michelle,
I use to make pancake batter up and mix in grated veggies, cook and add a little dipping sauce. I also use to make meat and grated meat balls.

Karina - posted on 07/29/2009

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i agree with another mum....deceptively delicious is great book.


i spent one sunday steaming and pureeing vegies and i put them into zip lock bags in half cup lots and into the freezer.


i add pureed cauliflower to mac and cheese.


add pureed sweet potato to bolognaise sauce for spaghetti.


i also make spinach and ricotta canelloni and my 3 year old loves it......and i feel like a great mum, getting him to eat spinach without a fuss.





persistance is the key.





good luck, karina....(australia)

Rebecca - posted on 07/29/2009

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to get my son to eat his vegies they have to be covered in tomato ketchup. i so far have him eating carrott, potato and sweet potato/kumera all dipped in ketchup.

i put peas and corn on his plate aswell and if he tries some thats awsome but if not then oh well, for me its been two years of hell with his eating.

Oh and another piece of advice for all those parents who are having a hard time getting their child to eat meat is to offer deli meats, they are thin and easily chewed ad swallowed, its the only way to get my 2yo to eat meat

Katrina - posted on 07/28/2009

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this might sound weird but does your 3 year old like ketcup, if they do try giving them some with their veggies, that's how we got my neice to eat them and now she loves them and eats them all the time

Sara - posted on 07/28/2009

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What I have learned is chop them in finely and cook it well or blend them and add to spegetti or chili and it will take at least 8 times of trying for each vegtable, Don't give up!!! and don't force it but you can trick them with air plane sounds, Stay calm. Don't make the Veggies be bad in your kids eyes. They are not used to that food its like us regular eaters trying to eat an insect or a crazy food from a diffrent country. Just Enjoy their little minds and crazy faces as they try new things, I am sure you are trying and you sound like a good mom.

Linda - posted on 07/28/2009

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I found out about 'The Sneaky Chef' and got one of her recipe books from the library. Turns out my kids will eat everything I have made from the book. Just today I hid carrots and sweet potatoes in their KD mac and cheese. Didn't know the difference. My kids won't touch a veggie, so this is great!

Estella - posted on 07/28/2009

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cook squash then blend it and you can put it with her rice chicken soup. My kids loved that. You can do the same with blended spinach with her favorite juice.

Tashina - posted on 07/28/2009

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The best way to get my daughter to eat her veggies is to give her something to dip them in! She loves ranch and (kinda gross) but ketchup! I also boil a head of cauliflower in chicken stock and then mash it up, add a little butter, salt, and pepper, and occasionally some cheese and ranch (trust me its good!) and they turn out like mashed potatoes! Another really good idea is to invest in a blender. You can puree a lot of stuff and added it to spaghetti sauce! I do recommend that book by Jessica Seinfield. Great stuff in there!

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