If your child does not like veggie, how do you get them in her diet?

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Angie - posted on 04/23/2010

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There is a book out there call Deceptivley Delicious. It is about sneeking things into your kids (and husbands diet). It also has great tips on how to get them to eat veggies.

Another thing is to use dishes that have tomatoe based sauces and sneek in pureed carrot and other things into it. AALso try guacamole for dipping, all kids love to dip!

A question that I have is do you and whoever surrounds your child eat veggies too? My husband and I eat everything so I dont have to worry about what my little guy eats, he even likes raw onions! (he didnt get that one from me)

Good Luck

Heather - posted on 04/23/2010

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Thank you everyone for your help . She is a picky 5 yr old. I usually give her some of that V8 Juice wit hveggie and fruit juice in it. She loves it.

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my children love fruits & veggies the only two things they won't eat is peas & carrots!! i usually cook the peas then sprinkle some spenda on top that usually works.. and with the carrots i give them ranch dressing with it and most of the time that works because they love ranch dressing!! you could try buying some v8 it has fruits and veggies in it..

Lexi - posted on 04/23/2010

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how old is your child? My son is only 9 months and other than potatoes, hasn't shown any real dislike for any veggies. If he did though I would keep trying for a little while and then just offer different veggies with the same nutrients. I hate asparagus and will never eat it and I'm still healthy. When he's older I will still insist that he try things a couple times, cooked different ways but I want to respect his tastes. I have learned lots of good ways to sneak veggies in general into my husbands diet though. He just doesn't like to eat veggies period. Chopped spinach is easy to mix into pasta sauce. Peas in mac n cheese, carrots in fruit smoothies. Grated carrots, celery, spinach and onions can be mixed into your ground beef when making hamburger patties, meatloaf or meatballs. Zucchini and squash can be pureed and used in any bread, muffin or cookie recipe and all you can notice is that they are deliciously moist. Squash tastes like dessert when you sprinkle it with cinnamon, brown sugar and butter and bake it till it's melty soft. On a side note, cottage cheese or smashed up tofu are great ways to add protein and calcium to pancakes!

Tcordukes - posted on 04/22/2010

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I mixed my veggies with pear if there was a veg they didn't like it makes it sweet so it tricks them....

Jess - posted on 04/22/2010

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if your kiddo is old enough, spaghetti sauce hides a multitude of veggies if you grind them up or shred them fine enough!

Maggie - posted on 04/22/2010

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I give my daughter popsicles made from V8 Fusion juices too! Also Sunripe makes yummy juices too. Another way to sneak in the veggies is to make bran muffins and add mashed veggies into the mix. I get my 2 yr old to eat carrots and squash by doing that. It tastes like carrot muffins. Just mix in some apple sauce to sweeten the taste of the veggies. You could also try pureeing vegetable soups. Sometimes if they can't see the vegetables they'll eat it.

Augusta - posted on 04/22/2010

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Hi Heather! My child loves veggies, though sometimes it can be hard to get her to eat them. What I do is for example, if I make macaroni and cheese I puree yellow squash and carrots and put them in there... she can't even tell the difference... b/c they the same color as the macaroni and cheese.... Hope this helps!!

Shannon - posted on 04/22/2010

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Kelly,

Funny story, when I wrote my answer I was thinking of you and your V8 Popcicles and almost added your suggestion too my list of moms good ideas! I love this idea and my little monkey loves popcicles so I am going to try this over the summer! Thank you for the great idea!!

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I give my son V8 Fusion Popsicles (2 Popsicles have one complete serving of fruit and veggies)--make them at home with the little molds.
I also puree veggies to add to pizza sauce and make homemade pizza.

Also, I got him to just start eating plane veggies by making a rule that he had to eat a fruit and a veggie everyday and letting him pick what he wants based on that rule. For example, at breakfast, he can have what ever he likes (within reason, I only offer healthy choices--cereal, apple sauce, toast, bagel, banana, fruit, etc) then for lunch, if he chose bread for breakfast (which he usually does) he can have a fruit or veggie. He usually picks a fruit, so for supper he only has veggie choices. He can eat a veggie, or go to bed hungry. If he eats the veggie and is still hungry he can have a healthy desert. That rule applies during the day too, but snacks and deserts must be a fruit or veggie--no breads. (he would eat nothing but bread and pasta all day if I let him)

Katrina - posted on 04/22/2010

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for one don't tell them that they are in their food... and you can always cook them and then blend them and use them that way.. I will do it and put carrots, celery, onions, peppers, squash... and then put it in my sauce. They have no idea... instead of french fries, make sweet potato fries. I also cute veggies really tinny and put it in my meat, like meatballs, or meatloaf... also just keep trying all different kinds, ones that you normally would never eat yourself... and be a good example!!! Hope I have helped some

Gena - posted on 04/22/2010

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I am not sure of the names, but there are several cookbooks that you can find at the bookstore about "sneaking" in veggies. They give you recipes to make normal foods with added veggies and you kids will never know. Also, depending on their age, you can give the vitamins to ensure that at least they are getting all of the nutrients. You can also try those juices from V8 that have a serving of veggies in them.

Hanife - posted on 04/22/2010

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Hi there,
My kids are 13.5,11.5 and they are both fussy eaters what i do is when they ask me what veg i have added i dont tell them i normally cut the veg very small like in a bolognese and if they do find something i pretend that i put one individual one. Garlic is very good for you as you probably know and i disguise this very well in a bolognese.Sometimes it does help if you just cut up lettuce, carrots,cucumber, celery and place in a plate in a living room and just nibble most of the time they end up helping themselves. good luck.

Ashlee - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son does not like to eat veggies, he likes fruits, but he will only eat carrots and they have to be raw, he will not eat them cooked! So, instead of giving him regular fruit juices I give him the V8 juice and V8 Fusion juice. He really likes those, so that helps me out!

Shannon - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hi Heather,
Sneak them in lol....I have seen alot of great ideas moms have posted on here. One mom said she shreds carrots and puts them in grilled cheese sandwiches, you could find an inexpensive juicer and make your own juice that you sneak different veggies into, you could puree veggies and put them in sauce for on pasta, basically I guess it maybe boils down to not being afraid to get creative with what you can add them to. Have you tried serving broccoli and/or cauliflower with cheese sauce? Good luck and hopefully you will find a suggestion that works!!

Tiffany - posted on 04/21/2010

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THERE R LOTS OF WAYS! MAYBE TRY TO MAKE FACES OR OTHER FUN THINGS LIKE SO THAT COULD MAKE THEM GET MORE INTO IT AT SNACK TIME AND FOR DINNER TRY TO MAKE A YUMMY DESSERTS THAT THEY CANT HAVE AN LESS THEY EAT THERE VEGGIES!

HOPE I COULD HELP!

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