how to get my 3 year old to eat veggies

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Ann - posted on 07/09/2009

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Offer dressing with veggies they can dip. That's still the best way I can get my kids to eat. If you make meatloaf, use shredded zuccinni which will cook in the meat and you won't even know it's there. Healthy and lowfat.

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Chatura - posted on 07/12/2009

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make your veggies interesting, spice it up a little without making it spicy.
cook different veggies everyday, there is life beyond carrots and peas.
a little flavour, and persistence goes a long way.
can help with basic recipes if you need some.

Ellen - posted on 07/11/2009

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You have some really good responses already. Stressing over it, and I know its hard not to, adds to everyone's misery. So do the best you can and make it okay. Keep putting it out there. Place those three peas on his/her plate every day, even for two weeks. If they are thrown on the floor, just pick them up with no reaction and throw them away. Most kids will eventually put one in their mouth and eat it. Mucho important: Use small little bits for serving sizes. Dips, as previously mentioned, are very helpful - any dip - salad dressings, ketchup, peanut butter. Key: he or she has to see that you eat it. Parents who do not eat what they ask their children to eat have the worst results. You must set an example. Be upbeat - have some fun music (no TV) playing. Read to him or her while eating, "Can't turn the page until you take a bite." (This REALLY works!) Also, remember, that children have many more tastes buds than adults (we lose them along the way). So, everything tastes stronger to them. Manufacturer's know this so some create chemically-laced foods prompting kids to beg for more. Be careful. Turn you son or daughter on to naturally-sourced foods so they can taste naturally-sourced flavors - delicious! If you let me suggestions work and don't work, I can help you move forward. ... for the health of your family, ellen

Jessica - posted on 07/10/2009

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I bet I can eat my carrots (or whatever veggie) faster than you can.....works wonder for our 3 year old

Amaris - posted on 07/09/2009

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Well I'm kind of a sneaky mom so if I were you I would resort to trickery, hahahaha. This is what I do ... eat the veggies in front of him and just go on and on about good they are..offer him some but quickly take it back and say 'Oh i forgot you dont like it....ok well I'll eat it" ..... That might make him/her curious and what to eat them too

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Bribe your boy/girl with a quarter- if you eat 2 bites, you'll get a quarter! Worked for me, my kids didn't know what a quarter looked like, and I always placed a dime in their piggy bank. Eventually, they got used to it and I didn't have to offer $$ anymore. NOw it's more like " you don't leave the table til you eat at least 2 big-kid bites"- good luck!

Debbie - posted on 07/09/2009

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Don't stress about it. They can get the same nutrients through other things. I have three grown healthy boys and one rarely eats vegatables and the other 2 eat them some. If you are concerned then try offering them uncooked. The taste of them raw is very different and I have found as an adult who grew up hating vegatables that if they are raw I will eat them.

Wendy - posted on 07/09/2009

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Be patient. Continue to offer vegetables. The book says you should try for two solid weeks with food. You can always puree the vegetables and hid them in his/her food in the meantime. Good luck!

Lacy - posted on 07/09/2009

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Everything I have read on this topic says you can't really "make" your kid eat veggies (or anything they don't want for that matter. I make sure to cook veggies every night for supper and my 4.5 yr old is warming up to them. He takes a multivitamin to make sure he's not missing out on anything. His pediatrician said this is just fine and the bigger fuss you make, the more they WON'T want to do it. I put one spoonful of w/e veggie i made that night on his plate, no questions asked. He knows he has to take at least 2 bites of it every night. He's began to really like carrots and green beans within the past few months, but it was a looong slow time waiting for that. If you really want to be sure your child is getting all sorts of veggies there is an AWESOME book by Jessica Seinfeld called Deceptively Delicious. Every recipe in there has some sort of veggie pureed and hidden (including b-fast, breads, meals, and desserts!) I don't have the time to do the whole deal like the book recommends, but I do try a new recipe at least once a week out of it! Good luck!

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