Picky eater

User - posted on 04/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 31/2 years old she will not eat veggies I mean NO vegggies at all. I will try to put it on her plate with all her meals that I give her she will not eat it. the doctor says she will give in and try it I have been doing it for 2 years and nothing. What should I do at this point just stop or keep trying to force her to eat it.

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Cheryl - posted on 04/12/2009

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How ironic. My 3 1/2 year old is all about meat and carbs while my 1 1/2 year old is practically vegetarian. Melanie, have you tried raw vegetables with ranch dip? or growing your own vegetables during warm months? or letting your daughter pick out fruits and veges when you go shopping? I'm not sure if any of these ideas will work for you but I have had some luck doing this with my son. Does your daughter like juice? I buy the V-8 fusion juice which helps. Have you tried making smoothies? If your daughter chooses not to eat the veges, I don't really think you can force her but I would continue to offer her a variety of options. Her tastes will change and one day she may suprise you.

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Brenda - posted on 04/13/2009

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I have this wonderful book that my Mother gave me, it’s called Deceptively Delicious! It’s written by Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife. Oprah did a show about it where she went to a school to test the recipes on kids. The recipes are for "stealthy-healthy" foods! Basically, you make simple veggie purees and put them in the foods. Your child (or husband, for those of us who have that problem!!) won’t even know they are in there! I know it sounds disgusting and everyone I’ve told has the reaction of, "YUCK! I’d NEVER eat that!" but actually the recipes I’ve tried tasted very good. My favorites at the moment are the chocolate chip cookies, which have garbanzo beans in them, and the lemon-raspberry muffins, which have squash and beets in them! Besides desserts, the book also has breakfast and dinner recipes. Simple things to add veggies to your child’s diet, like adding pureed cauliflower to your cheese sauce when you make macaroni & cheese (even if it’s a box mix and not from scratch!), adding pureed squash and carrots to your spaghetti sauce, or even just spreading a little spinach puree on the crust before adding sauce and toppings to your homemade pizza. Tracy, while the beans in some of the recipes will give your daughter more protein, there are also a few recipes in the book that have pureed chicken hidden in them. You might also consider adapting the pizza recipe and put some pureed chicken on the crust before adding the sauce and toppings. Never hurts to try! Well, anyway, I just wanted to suggest the book to you, Melanie. Good luck to everyone with trying to get your children to eat!

Tracy - posted on 04/12/2009

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Oh man, I wish I had that probplem... All my 2yr old eats is vege's and fruit, vege's and fruit. I swear she is going to turn into an apple or a carrot haha... My problem is that I am afraid she is not getting enough protien in her system. I have been trying for a while now too for her to eat other things but to no evail, I guess we have to just wait for them to make that decision of experimenting with other foods... Good luck to you.

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