Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Plllleeeeaaaasssseeee Eat Your Veggies!

Does anyone else have a hard time getting your toddler to eat veggies? Ok, maybe I really don't want to hear from those that their kids ask for veggies. (It just isn't fair) When Devin was a baby he would eat ANYTHING!!!! But once we moved him to non-pureed food he wanted nothing to do with veggies or meat for that matter. All this child ever wanted to eat was PB&J and fruit! We have moved past the eating meat, he LOVES chicken but not chicken nuggets...go figure.

At every well checkup Devin has his pediatrician scolds me for not making him eat veggies and red meat. (she obviously doesn't have children, you can't "make" a toddler eat what they don't want) So I was in Target one day and was browsing the book section and found this book by Jessica Seinfeld called Deceptively Delicious. I was SO pumped about this cookbook, it has all of these recipes to make "bad food" with "good food". I so should have read thru it more at the store because it really is ridiculous how much prep time these recipes take! This momma does not have that much time to prepare meals and snacks.

I'll be real honest I had pretty much given up on the veggie battle and then I had this great idea! Devin LOVES Motts Summer Strawberry Apple Sauce and I got to thinking about what veggies I could mix in with it so he would notice....

After mixing the can of carrotts and 6 "cups" of the strawberry apple sauce it tasted too much like carrotts I added 4 "cups" of regular apple sauce

Devin saw me with the apple sauce cups so I had to serve it in it, otherwise I serve it in one of his cereal bowls.

He ate every bite and I felt like such a good mommy for getting him to eat his veggies! Now how do I get him to eat green beans....?

AND Devin is fully potty trained! The only time he has had an accident in a week was on Friday and it was our fault for having him out of the house for so long. (it was a "#2" accident) He is going to the potty all on his own without reminders! I am SO proud of him!!!!!!


Christine said...

That's what I had to do as well....grind them up and hide

I made a lot of healthy dips for them to dip their veggies in as to be sneaky to be a mommy...I'm telling ya!

Becky said...

Give him a high-five from me for being potty trained! Yay for you too! Great job Mommy ;-)

I'm sorry to say that my kids like veggies... that didn't sound right... don't hate me :-p

Does he like chef boyardee or spaghetti? I hear pureed broccoli blends in real well with those.

Glitter and Bliss said...

It can be so hard getting a toddler to eat what the "should" eat. In the future, for your little guy, I did a lot of Gerber Graduates. These were a hit with both of mine.

Darlene said...

wow. this is a great idea. you puree-maestro!

CONGRATS on the potty training. SO GREAT!!!!!!
Hmmm. What to do with an extra 40-ish diaper bucks a month?????


HD said...

Well, Luke does not like veggies either. Similar situation as yours. As a baby he would eat whatever we gave him. And then I switched to the frozen mixed veggies when he was 1, and he slowly but surely started disliking one veggie at a time until he wasn't eating any. Now the boy can down some tomoatoes and avacodoes with the best of them, but those are both considered fruits. My doc got on to me about the whole no greens thing too, but Luke would throw up every time we gave him something that he didn't like. So, we really don't push the issue. We just do what we can and give him his Flinstone vitamin. But the other day I made those multicolor spiral noodles, and I chopped up green beans and put in the spaghetti sauce. The boy ate every last bite of it. And then I served corn last night, and he ate half of it. So, maybe the come around on their own! In the meantime though, there is also a fruit juice made by V9 that has a daily dose of veggies in it. Luke likes it pretty well too. Keep me posted!!

HomeSpun Threads said...

I don't know why but my boys love veggies. Of all things...they love Brussels sprouts. Can you believe it. I wish I had advice for you but I don't. I guess I've always just eaten my veggies and if I make them taste good, I'll eat them so why wouldn't they. I think that letting my oldest help cook has opened up his palette as well to foods, oh and shopping for fresh veggies is fun too.