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Having trouble getting your toddler to touch vegetables? Here’s some ways to get more in your child’s diet.
- Make them scenery. If you want your child to eat lots of vegetables, it helps to serve a lot! At the same time, limit servings of juices, starches and meat so your child will be hungry enough to have some motivation.
- Serve on demand. If your child’s hungry before dinner is ready, offer cut-up fruits or diced vegetables as a snack. She might eat all of her vegetables before dinner even starts!
- Dip it. Kids just love to dip stuff! Try bread sticks and bean dip, or carrot matchsticks and a yogurt dip.
- Saucy solutions. Just plain cooked vegetables cut into small pieces: Blah. Same vegetables coated in tomato or cheese sauce: Wow!
- Ice cream-ish. Make a smoothie with frozen berries, skim milk and a banana.
- So helpful. Let your child be involved with shopping and cooking, and if you can grow your own vegetables, even better. It’ll all help take away the mystery!
- The Italian connection. Pizza! Spaghetti! Little does he know that inside Mom’s secret tomato sauce lurks pureed zucchini and carrots!
- Mr. Dad’s Imaginarium. “That’s not broccoli, they’re small trees. Those aren’t Brussels sprouts, they’re baby cabbages.”
- Drama Queen. “Umm, this is so-o-o yummy!” “It tastes so g-o-o-d.” Exaggerate your total bliss of enjoying vegetables, and maybe she’ll try a few.
- Fast food fakes. Cut peeled rutabagas or sweet potatoes into French fry shapes, drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven with sprinkled seasoning until soft for a better-than-fries treat.