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Sara - posted on 12/04/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any tricky recipes to sneak in fruits or veggies to a toddler that refuses them?

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User - posted on 12/15/2008

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This might seem a little mean, but if you offer nothing else to your toddler...eventually they will get hungry and eat them! Unless of course they are unwell or you suspect an allergy or intolerance to the fruits or veggies, in which case my idea would be wrong! I did this with my 3 kids and they all eat about 80% of what I offer them each meal..always offer water though too, and persist. Good luck!

Lydia - posted on 12/15/2008

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I agree with the blending/puree and hiding some of your veggies in "regular" foods that kids will eat, BUT......keep serving whole fresh and cooked veggies, too! I try to offer a veggie and fruit with both lunch and dinner (and a fruit with breakfast everyday) everytime since my son started eating table foods and he is now a pretty good veggie eater at age 4 and would eat fruit all day if I let him! Lol! One of his first veggies/finger foods was steamed frozen mixed veggies mixed with scrambled eggs and a little cheese. Add a little whole wheat toast, a fruit, and milk and you have a great little meal!



The main thing is to keep serving them as it may take many, many, many, MANY times before a child will be willing to try them! And don't offer seconds of other foods (like seconds on the pizza, chicken nuggets, etc.) until they eat some veggies or fruit. I always tell my son, "You can first finish what's on your plate first and THEN if you are still hungry I will be glad to serve you more!" and usually that is enough to encourage him to eat his veggies. A hungry child will usually eat till they are full....eventually! ;)

Wendi - posted on 12/10/2008

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The cookbook "Deceptively Delicious" has great ideas. My kids love chocolate zucchini bread!

Teresa - posted on 12/10/2008

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I do frozen smoothies also to get fruit into my kids. I've also pureed veggies and placed them into breakfast muffins.

Rebecca - posted on 12/10/2008

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I also agree with blending. You can put the blended vegetables in just about anything. Tomato sauces, burgers,Smoothies...Start with a small portion though because the kids can tell the difference and then slowly increase so they are getting the amount that you want them to eat. I was also told to let the kids help with the food because they are more likely to eat something that they helped prepare. With pizza let them add the veggies... Things like that.

Nicola - posted on 12/10/2008

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i had never thought of using a blender at all, i usually smash the vegtables and hide it in sandwiches and mash potatoes and gravy and kids are none the wiser!!

Heather - posted on 12/06/2008

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Wow! And here I was thinking I was all clever in using the food processor to puree vegetables which I then add to pancake batter. I make half-dollar sized pancakes and keep them in the freezer. That way, we're always about a microwave minute away from a tasty snack.

I always try to add veggies in things like sauces, I make one-pot meals, and I always, always, always have obvious, overt vegetables with lunch and supper even if I've snuck a puree in somewhere, because I want my son (17 months) to grow up thinking his vegetables are an essential part of the meal. Also, I feed him his meal in courses with the vegetables coming first while he's hungry and I'm preparing his second course (entree).

But I love the Vitamix idea! I wonder how costly an investment it is. . . ;)

Laura - posted on 12/04/2008

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I second the blender idea. ONe thing I make that my older ds loves and I plan on giving it to my baby when she's old enough is smoothies. I make raw almond milk,(If you want the recipe , let me know, it's easy). 1 cup almond milk, 2 frozen bananas and a large handful of spinach. Blend and serve..yummy. You can call it a "Shrek Smoothie"



Also a juicer is a good idea...you can juice fresh apples and add some carrots. You can also take the fresh juice and freeze it to make icepops...nothing like apple / carrot ice pops for dessert.

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Yes, buy a Vitamix blender and make up fruit and veggie smoothies - they're yummy, my kids love them and they have increased our vegetable and fruit intake 500%! A great tool to have, the Vitamix blends up fiber into juice, yet retains the fiber (not like juicing). Drinking through a straw is even better! Buy a large supply at Costco or the like and you'll never run out.

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